>> It's official, Air Force One is getting a makeover.>> It's gonna be the top of the line, the top in the world.>> On Tuesday, the Pentagon said they've handed Boeing a $3.9 billion contract to construct new jets for use by the US president. The company will build two 747 aircraft to be delivered to the White House by 2024.
>> Boeing gave us a good deal.>> This comes after President Trump objected to a previous deal with a $4 billion price tag. He took to Twitter to complain about Boeing in December, saying costs are out of control. Cancel order! A new informal deal was reached between Boeing and the White House in February.
The contract on Tuesday follows the outlines of that deal. The biggest change?>> I said, I wonder if we should use the same baby blue colors and we're not. You know what colors we're using? Take a guess.>> Red, white, and blue.>> Red, white, and blue.>> The current Air Force One owes its iconic blue and white look to President John F Kennedy and his wife, Jackie.
Technically, any aircraft the President boards becomes Air Force One. The 747-8's Boeing will build are designed to be an airborne White House with a self-defense system able to fly in the worst case security scenarios, including nuclear war. The White House says the new deal would save taxpayers more than $1.4 billion.
But those savings could not be independently confirmed.