Donald Trump: A peek inside his lavish, gold-plated plane


There is only one presidential candidate for whom flying on Air Force One could arguably be a step down.

Although the presidential Boeing 747-200B is larger, faster and newer (not to mention its radar jamming capabilities and missile countermeasures), Donald Trump’s custom-appointed Boeing 757-200 is the clear winner in yuge lavishness and pomposity.

The Donald’s plane, which some have dubbed Trump Force One, was first built in 1991 for a now-defunct Danish airline before Microsoft billionaire and Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen bought it and turned it into a luxury liner.

The Donald bought it from him for an estimated $100 million in 2011, according to Business Insider, and then renovated it from tip to tail and turned it into a flying Taj Mahal, complete with Mohair couches, leather seats, burled wood and 24-karat-gold plated fixtures. Amanda Miller from “The Apprentice” leads a three-minute video tour of the plane on Trump’s official YouTube channel.

Trump’s plane is no stranger to Palm Beach County. His flying resort has been parked at Palm Beach International a lot recently while he campaigns across the state and holds press conferences at his Palm Beach County properties.

Until recently, you could track the plane like any other commercial jet on FlightAware online by punching in the tail number. But recently, since Trump became the Republican-nominee frontrunner, he asked the FAA to remove it from the flight tracker, according to The Hollywood Reporter, likely for security reasons.

Here are some of the plane’s highlights from the video:

  • Powerful, twin Rolls-Royce engines (only the classiest, of course) to make it one of the fastest commercial jets in production, flying at speeds of more than 500 miles per hour, according to the manufacturer. It was also retrofitted with a state-of-the-art glass cockpit to match current technology.
  • Although a commercially-outfitted version could shuttle more than 200 passengers comfortably (middle seats not withstanding), Trump’s 757 is appointed for 43 passengers flying in style. Each creamy calfskin leather seat has a personal entertainment system that doubles as a tray table and each headrest is embroidered with the Trump family crest.
  • Every metal accent is twenty-four-karat gold-plated, down to the seat belts to lavishly protect billionaires against turbulence. Also, all the lavatory fixtures — including those in the shower (did I mention it has a shower?) — are gold-plated.
  • A 57-inch flat screen with more than 1,000 movies available at the touch of a button. Plus, more than 2,500 music CDs on the built-in hard drive. The Donald’s favorites are accessible by pressing the “T” icon on a customized touchscreen display.
  • A master bedroom with golden silk sheets and pillows embroidered with the Trump family crest, and a custom flat screen wrapped in burled wood that is the center of a home-theater system.
  • A guest room with a Mohair divan that unfolds into a bed for overnight flyers, and another flat screen entertainment system similar to the one in the master bedroom.

 

People apparently have a visceral reaction to seeing Trump Force One. According to the Washington Post, one person at an Arkansas campaign stop exclaimed “Oh my God, there it is — wow” and another broke into tears at the sight of it.

The plane does gives Trump one advantage while stumping for the Republican presidential nomination. While most other candidates have to pay handsomely to lease a campaign plane, Trump owns his, according to the Wall Street Journal.

“It’s like living in a beautiful home,” Trump told the Wall Street Journal in September. “The advantage is that I’m able to fly nicely, quickly and on time.”


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