The Boeing 747 known to everyone as the Air Force One boasts its iconic look from President John F. Kennedy and wife Jackie. The plane was built to carry the brand of the Presidency.
Refrigeration Upgrade? Canceled?
In January this year, it had been said that the Air Force One was going to need new refrigeration system that’s going to cost close to $24 million dollars from the taxpayer’s money. This raised a lot of eyebrows questioning that it is way too costly at the expense of an already suffering economic climate. It is not practical because the best counter depth refrigerator wouldn’t even cost a million dollars.
Three months ago, perhaps driven by the voice of too many people and critics from all over the United States, the plan to change refrigeration for the aircraft had been canceled and frozen for an indefinite time. After the news of the cancellation, the news of an upgrade had been circling around.
New Negotiations on Two New Air Force One
Recently Trump personally took the step to negotiate with Boeing for two brand new 747’s. Said to be delivered sometime after 2020. However, it was said that the iconic look will be changed to a Trump look, red-white-blue design. When this happens, Trump will be the first commander in chief to make changes to the aircraft. With this news, many people are asking why change the iconic look?
CBS reported that Trump is no stranger on the look of an aircraft as Trump had once owned an airline company. Ken Walsh who have written about Air Force One, a history of the presidents and their planes, said Trump has all the right to change the design but he is messing with history. Being a steward of the aircraft for decades, changing the look gets too personal.
Can They Just Leave Air Force One As It Is?
So where do you stand? Is President Trump trying to make a name of his own? While his plans for changes has not quite impressed many people, he still pushes to make the changes in the next years. Common sense in politics would say it is impractical to focus so much change in an iconic airplane that costs millions of dollars. Eleven presidents flew the same plane with pride and honor. Now, changes seem to be inevitable. We just hope that the President will focus on the more important matters of the country.