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Air Force One Paint JobThe House want the final say if President Trump decides to change Air Force One’s paint job from the blue-and-white livery that has adorned presidential planes for more than a half century. (www.defenseone.com) More...
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AF-1 flys to LKangley AFB in Hampton-Newport News Virginia. Now it flys to Virgnia to perform and practice full power and very steep climbs. It frequently flys over the James River. And you know what, when AF-1 flys over a boat with 100 touristson board it shuts them all up like nothing else. It is the MOST RECOGNIZABLE paint scheme/color. You can see the seal on the door. And it is IMPRESSIVE when it looks like it is 200 feet from you. That color scheme is a symbol of the United States of America. It is INSTANTLY recognizable all over the world. I vote keep it as it is. It is a proud symbol of America. And I have never seen a bunch of tourists shut up like that when it flys over them at full power and what looks like a 65% climb. It is a sight I will never forget. And it is the blue that sets it apart.
Military aircraft also fly the pattern at Patrick Henry International (that is the name of the place when we first moved 2 miles from the end of the runway after Pops retired from Langley). Any place that accepts federal funds cannot stop miitary aircraft from flying into it. Of course, there is an aggressor squadron at PHF as well.
Leave it alone. It is elegant and dignified, both of which are in short supply in Washington these days.
There is absolutely NO reason to change the exterior markings on AF-1. It has become the image of the USA all around the world. It is a dignified paint scheme where dignity is in short supply.
I like the current scheme, too. Only possible tweak that might be necessary would be because of the longer top bump on the 747-8i (?)
I first saw Air Force 1 at Tan Son Nhut in Saigon in 1963. I will never forget the feeling of pride and patriotism that came over me as a nineteen year old army soldier ten thousand miles from home. That big beautiful blue and white Boeing 707 was America as far as I was concerned. My vote is no, do not change it!