On March 10, it has been revealed by the U.S. Air Force that the Next Air Force One’s livery has been selected by President Joe Biden.
This article will cover the details surrounding the livery refresh for the Next Air Force One and its details when compared to the current livery.
Next Air Force One Livery…
As shown in the above image, the new design that has been selected by the current President of the United States, Joe Biden, is a complete backtrack from the design that the former President, Donald Trump, had selected back in 2019.
Back in 2019, former President Donald Trump revealed a “patriotic” livery with a dark blue lower fuselage and engines with red and white accents above. However, a thermal study later showed that the dark blue would require additional FAA testing due to added heat in certain environments of the aircraft.
The selected livery from President Joe Biden more closely resembles the current livery that is featured on the VC-25As, however, there are some subtle modern differences.
There are three main differences in the latest livery refresh, and those are –
- A deeper more modern tone of the Robin’s Egg Blue color.
- The VC-25Bs engines will use the darker blue from the cockpit area vice of the current VC-25As.
- There is no polished metal section underneath the aircraft as the modern composites that the VC-25Bs are made from don’t allow for it.
Boeing did not require a formal contractual design selection for the new VC-25Bs livery until this year for them to begin engineering, certification preparation, and supplier selection for the new Air Force One.
The new VC-25Bs are set to replace the current VC-25As later this decade, with the first VC-25B expected in 2027 and the second following one year later in 2028.
Despite the capability gaps, rise in maintenance costs, and parts obsolescence, the U.S. Air Force has advised that they will keep the current VC-25As available and mission-ready until the delivery of the VC-25Bs.
It’s nice to see that the current Air Force One livery will still be remaining in the skies when the VC-25B replacements come into service later in the decade, even though there are some modern differences from the current design of the VC-25A.
We for one can’t wait to see the VC-25Bs enter service transporting the President of the United States and their entourage around the globe.