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Trump Seemingly Recycles His Failed Airline’s Design For Air Force One

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About a year after US president Donald Trump announced that Air Force One was going through a makeover, he has shared iterations of the new presidential aircraft—but eagle-eyed internet users think they look oddly familiar.

In July 2018, POTUS revealed that the redesign of Air Force One would depart from its iconic blue-and-white aesthetic, and instead adopt a red, blue and white color palette.

Now, he has shared mock-ups of the new livery with ABC News. The outcome of this year-long wait might have been underwhelming, as audiences have pointed out that it appears to be a reboot of the unsuccessful Trump Shuttle, his airline that ceased operations after only three years.

Specifically, the proposed Air Force One designs are akin to the Trump Shuttle being flipped upside down, they detail. “Trump has just sanctioned a redesign of Air Force One to look like his private jet upside down,” tweets TIME editor-at-large Anand Giridharadas.

Others have suggested that the prototypes resemble British Airways’ older variations.

Are the iterations too close for comfort? Check them out below.

"Here's your new Air Force One."

Pres. Trump shows @GStephanopoulos mock-ups of his vision for the next generation of the presidential aircraft during an exclusive @ABC News interview.

— ABC News (@ABC) June 13, 2019

Trump has just sanctioned a redesign of Air Force One to look like his private jet upside down.

— Anand Giridharadas (@AnandWrites) June 13, 2019

He’s turning Air Force One into Trump Shuttle

— andrew kaczynski (@KFILE) June 13, 2019

Is it just me, or does the new Air Force One design Trump previewed on @GMA look very familiar?

— Chris McElveen (@chrismcelveen) June 13, 2019

Great to see Trump going for the retro 80s-90s British Airways livery for Air Force One

— Danny Kemp (@dannyctkemp) June 13, 2019

[via BBC, images via various sources]

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