Former President Donald Trump’s organization purchased a Boeing 757-200 for business use in 2011. the plane was built in 1991 and was kept in prime order to assist the international businessman in his constant travels.
When the plane was used in Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, it acquired the nickname “Trump Force One,” a reference to the presidential Air Force One.
The plane became a symbol of that historic 2016 presidential campaign, with the billionaire often barnstorming through events in speeches he delivered fresh off the aircraft.
As president, Trump stopped using the 757 in favor of the federal government’s Air Force One and put his own plane in storage. In November 2021, the
jet was flown to a Louisiana aircraft maintenance facility to undergo some renovations and upkeep.
Trump posted on social media in July:
“During my four years in the White House, I didn’t use everybody’s favorite airplane, the Boeing 757 we campaigned on for our big 2016 WIN. Now it has been completely modernized and renovated, and looks GREAT, all done in the Great State of Louisiana, and coming back to the skies in the Fall of 2022, or maybe sooner. Get Ready!”
The renovation was done by Landlock Aviation in Lake Charles.
“I think it was hard for anybody to not get excited. We tried to keep very professional and stick to the task at hand but we all had a little something in the back of our minds driving us to the level of excellence the customer needed,” Tyson Grenzebach with Landlock said. Grenzenback told KPLCTV that it took a crew of about 40 people a little over a month to complete the project, saying though the bar was set high, expectations were met.
“This was a little bit different and unique because of the timeline and customer requirements, He said. Grenzebach noted that the paint job is “every bit flawless.” Stand out features on the craft include polished aluminum edges and the metallic gold Trump logo.
In addition to mechanical upgrades, the plane received some cosmetic changes during its period of renovation.
A “T” for “Trump” on the tail of the plane has been replaced with a large American flag,
And now the aircraft known as “Trump Force One” has now returned to the skies in its new splendar.
Flight record data obtained by CNN indicates that the jet had been running pattern flights above Lake Charles, Louisiana, likely in tests preceding its return to full use.
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
“It is common after a plane has had upgrades — or other new equipment or general avionic tweaks — for pilots to make a series of test flights to ensure safety and function,” said former National Transportation Safety Board official Peter Goelz.
On Wednesday, the former President’s personal Boeing 757 aircraft was spotted landing in West Palm Beach, Florida, according to CNN. CONTINUE READING…