WATCH: Boeing gets billion-dollar contract for new Air Force One

2018-07-19 18:00
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The United States' Air Force One is set for a billion-dollar makeover from Boeing.

The US Pentagon says it handed Boeing a $3.9 billion contract (over R52 billion @R13.41/$) to build two 747-8 aircraft for use as Air Force One by the US president, Donald Trump.

“It’s going to be the top in the world,” says Trump, about the aircraft due to be delivered to the White House by December 2024.

“Boeing gave us a good deal,” adds Trump who objected a previous deal that came with a $4 billion price-tag – which he complained about on Twitter.

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One of the biggest changes to the aircraft will be its colour. Trump says that the current shade of blue will be replaced with the US flag’s red, white and blue.

Any aircraft the US president boards becomes Air Force One, and this 747-8 aircraft is designed to be an airborne White House with a self-defence system to fly through the worst-case security scenarios, including nuclear war.