Trump Force One

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Boeing 757 N757AF landing in Las Vegas in 2014

Trump Force One is an informal name for The Trump Organization's business jet, comparing it with Air Force One, originally used by Donald Trump. The name was coined before Trump became president of the United States and was in use by his supporters during his presidential campaign of 2016. The current plane of choice for Donald Trump is the eight-seater 1997 Cessna Citation X, tail number N725DT.[1] The “Trump Force One” is a Boeing 757, which replaced a Boeing 727.[2][3][4] The 757 has been idle since 2019 and is in long term storage having an engine removed. In 2021 the aircraft was scheduled to be moved to Florida for maintenance in order to be returned to flight readiness.

Boeing 727 (1997–2011)[edit]

Boeing 727 VP-BDJ

The Boeing 727 was registered in Bermuda as VP-BDJ and was built in 1968.[2][5] It was originally delivered to American Airlines. By 1981, it was converted into a business jet for Diamond Shamrock. It later operated for Trump Shuttle, before being sold. Donald Trump repurchased it in 1997 as his private jet.[5] Trump put it up for sale in 2009, but was still using it in 2011, when he received the 757.[6] It was sold later in 2011, and then operated by Weststar Aviation.[7] The aircraft was scrapped at Montréal–Mirabel International Airport in 2017.

When operating as Donald Trump's private jet, the plane was configured with seating for 24, winglets, a master bedroom, a bidet, a dining room, a galley, conference rooms, and multiple lavatories.[8][9]

Boeing 757 (2011–2017)[edit]

The Boeing 757-200 is registered in the United States as N757AF and was built in 1991. It originally was delivered to Denmark's Sterling Airlines, and later, by 1993, operated by Mexico's TAESA. In 1995, it became a corporate business jet for Paul Allen's enterprises.[2][10]

The aircraft has two Rolls-Royce RB211 turbofan engines, and is configured to seat 43 people. It has a dining room, bathroom, shower, bedroom, guest room, and galley. Many fixtures are plated in 24k gold.[2][10]

Donald Trump had planned to use the 757 for campaigning during his putative 2012 presidential bid.[6] Trump used the 757 for transportation during his successful 2016 presidential campaign.[11] After becoming President, Trump began to travel on the Boeing VC-25s commonly referred to as Air Force One.

The aircraft continued to be used by The Trump Organization for executive trips until 2019, when it was put outside at Stewart International Airport. The left Rolls-Royce RB211 engine has been removed.[12] and a one cycle (1 takeoff/landing) replacement/loaner engine has not been found since it has been placed in storage.[13] Once an engine is sourced, the aircraft is scheduled to be flown to Citadel Completions - owned by the late Sheldon Adelson,[14] Donald Trump's biggest donor - in Lake Charles, Louisiana for aforementioned overdue maintenance.[15] The aircraft is then slated to return to service.[16]

As of March 18, 2021, the plane is still sitting at Stewart International Airport awaiting service. Flight records show the plane has not flown at all since Inauguration Day 2021 marking the beginning of the post-presidency of Donald Trump.[17]

Cessna Citation X (2021 to present)[edit]

Trump750

The current plane of choice for Donald Trump is a 1997 Cessna Citation X. The aircraft seats eight passengers and has a cabin height of 5 feet 7 inches tall. When it was first purchased it was the fastest business jet in the world.[17] This is the only operational airplane in Donald Trump's fleet, which also includes three helicopters.[18][17] The FAA temporarily grounded this plane in 2016 when the Trump organization failed to renew its registration.[19] The Citation X became the main jet of Donald Trump after his presidency.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Andrew Court (March 20, 2021). "Trump's gold-plated private 757 sits corroding and unused". Daily Mail.
  2. ^ a b c d Benjamin Zhang (July 27, 2015). "Check out 'Trump Force One' — Donald Trump's personal Boeing airliner". Business Insider.
  3. ^ Susanne Craig (April 23, 2016). "Donald Trump's Aging Air Fleet Gives His Bid, and His Brand, a Lift". New York Times.
  4. ^ Mark Maremont; Heather Haddon (September 4, 2015). "Donald Trump's Big Boost: His Own Air Fleet". Wall Street Journal.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  5. ^ a b "Is Donald Broke? Trump Selling His Pimped-Out 727". NYC Aviation. November 12, 2009.
  6. ^ a b Alexandra Clough (February 2011). "Trump upgrades to Boeing 757". Palm Beach Post.
  7. ^ Alexandra Clough (March 8, 2016). "What happened to Donald Trump's old plane?". Palm Beach Post.
  8. ^ Hibah Yousuf (November 10, 2009). "Donald Trump to personal jet: 'You're fired!'". CNN Money.
  9. ^ "Want Your Own Boeing 727? Donald Trump Is Selling His…Cheap!". Flying With Fish. November 10, 2009.
  10. ^ a b Amanda Miller (August 18, 2011). "Mr. Trump's 757". Donald Trump.
  11. ^ Melissa Locker (February 10, 2016). "The Private Jets Our Presidential Candidates Fly—and What They Cost". Travel+Leisure.
  12. ^ Chris Gimmillaro. "The aircraft parked at Newburgh - Stewart International". airliners.net.
  13. ^ https://robbreport.com/motors/aviation/donald-trumps-personal-jet-compare-air-force-one-1234593368/
  14. ^ https://www.areadevelopment.com/newsItems/5-18-2018/citadel-completions-lake-charles-louisiana.shtml
  15. ^ https://www.aviation24.be/airlines/from-air-force-one-to-trump-force-one/
  16. ^ https://www.recordonline.com/news/20190521/stewart-new-home-to-trumps-100m-private-jet
  17. ^ a b c Bennett, Kate; Muntean, Pete. "Glory days of Trump's gold-plated 757 seem far away as plane sits idle at a sleepy airport". CNN. Retrieved 2021-03-19.
  18. ^ Trump Aviation. "Trump Aviation".
  19. ^ Bixby, Scott. "Trouble in the air: Trump jet registration expired in January, report says". TheGuardian.

Further reading[edit]

  • "Trump 757". Mighty Planes. Season 2. Episode 3. June 9, 2013. Discovery Channel Canada. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  • Trump 757 at IMDb