Trump Force One

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Boeing 757 N757AF landing in Las Vegas in 2014

Trump Force One is an informal name—analogous to Air Force One—for The Trump Organization's Boeing 757 used by Donald Trump prior to his presidency. The name was in use during his presidential campaign of 2016. The 757 was in long-term storage with one engine removed from 2019 until 2021. In November 2021, it was flown to Louisiana, reportedly for restoration and upgrading.[1]

Nickname[edit]

The plane was jokingly referred to by some[2] as Trump Force One during Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.[3][4]

Aircraft[edit]

The Boeing 757-200 is registered in the United States as N757AF and was built in 1991. It was originally delivered to Denmark's Sterling Airlines and by 1993 was operated by Mexico's TAESA. In 1995, it became a corporate jet for Paul Allen's enterprises.[2] Trump's DJT Operations I LLC bought the plane in 2011.[2][5][6][7]

External video
video icon Mr. Trump's 757, The Trump Organization

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]

Donald Trump had planned to use the 757 for campaigning during his putative 2012 presidential bid.[8] Trump used the 757 for transportation during his successful 2016 presidential campaign.[9] After becoming President, Trump began to travel on the Boeing VC-25s commonly referred to as Air Force One.

The Boeing 757 was used by The Trump Organization for executive trips until mid-2019 when it was put into storage on a fenced-off tarmac at Stewart International Airport.[10][11][12] The left Rolls-Royce RB211 engine has been removed,[13] and a one cycle (1 takeoff/landing) replacement/loaner engine has not been found since it has been placed in storage.[14] Once an engine was sourced, the aircraft was scheduled to be flown to a maintenance, repair and overhaul facility (MRO) in Lake Charles, Louisiana, for overdue maintenance.[15]

As of March 20, 2021, the plane was still awaiting service at Stewart International Airport. Flight records showed that the plane had not been flown since the end of Trump's presidency.[11] On May 21, 2021, Trump announced in a press release that the plane would be restored and upgraded at a service facility in Louisiana.[1]

On November 1, 2021, the plane was flown to Chennault International Airport near Lake Charles, Louisiana, with a one-hour stopover in Nashville, Tennessee, after declaring an emergency.[16]

Post-presidency[edit]

Trump Organization Cessna 750

When Trump visited Trump Tower in Manhattan in March 2021 he used the Trump Organization's 1997 Cessna 750 Citation X.[17] The plane seats eight passengers and has a cabin height of 5 feet 7 inches (170 centimeters). When it was first purchased it was the fastest business jet in the world.[11] It is the only operational airplane in the Trump Organization's fleet, which also has three helicopters.[18][19][11] The FAA reportedly cited the plane in 2016 when the Trump organization did not renew its registration.[20] The Citation X became the main jet of Donald Trump after his presidency.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Sonnemaker, Tyler (May 22, 2021). "Trump plans to restore his 'beautiful' Boeing 757 with Rolls-Royce engines and new paint job for future rallies". Business Insider. Retrieved March 11, 2022.
  2. ^ a b c d Zhang, Benjamin (July 27, 2015). "Check out 'Trump Force One' — Donald Trump's personal Boeing airliner". Business Insider. Retrieved May 22, 2021.
  3. ^ Bump, Philip (December 6, 2016). "So which is better: Donald Trump's plane or Air Force One?". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 22, 2021.
  4. ^ Craig, Susanne (April 23, 2016). "Donald Trump's Aging Air Fleet Gives His Bid, and His Brand, a Lift". The New York Times. Retrieved May 22, 2021.
  5. ^ "Boeing 757 - MSN 25155 - N757AF". Airfleets.net. Retrieved May 23, 2021.
  6. ^ "What we know about Trump's business empire". CNN. Retrieved May 23, 2021.
  7. ^ Bump, Philip (May 21, 2019). "Trump's complex web of business interests, visualized". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 23, 2021.
  8. ^ Clough, Alexandra (May 20, 2016). "Trump upgrades to Boeing 757". The Palm Beach Post. Archived from the original on May 22, 2016. Retrieved March 14, 2022.
  9. ^ Locker, Melissa (February 10, 2016). "The Private Jets Our Presidential Candidates Fly—and What They Cost". Travel+Leisure. Retrieved March 14, 2022.
  10. ^ Bailey, Joanna (March 22, 2021). "What's Happening With Donald Trump's Boeing 757?". Simple Flying. Retrieved May 22, 2021.
  11. ^ a b c d 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 March 19, 2021.
  12. ^ Rife, Judy (May 21, 2019). "Stewart new home to Trump's $100M private jet". Times-Herald Record. Archived from the original on May 21, 2019.
  13. ^ Gimmillaro, Chris. "The aircraft parked at Newburgh - Stewart International". airliners.net.
  14. ^ Verdon, Michael (January 26, 2021). "How Does Donald Trump's Personal 757 Really Compare to Air Force One?". Robb Report. Retrieved May 22, 2021.
  15. ^ Orban, André (December 4, 2020). "From Air Force One to Trump Force One…". Retrieved May 22, 2021.
  16. ^ Bailey, Joanna (November 3, 2021). "Engine Found: Trump's Boeing 757 Returns to the Skies After 2 Years". Simple Flying. Retrieved March 11, 2022.
  17. ^ Gollan, Doug (March 10, 2021). "Donald Trump's Private Jet Downgrade Was Bigger Than You Think". Forbes. Retrieved May 23, 2021.
  18. ^ Maremont, Mark; Haddon, Heather (September 4, 2015). "Donald Trump's Big Boost: His Own Air Fleet". The Wall Street Journal. Archived from the original on October 10, 2018. Retrieved March 14, 2022.
  19. ^ Trump Aviation. "Trump Aviation".
  20. ^ Bixby, Scott (April 19, 2016). "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.
  • Trump 757 at IMDb