After being grounded for nearly six years, Donald Trump’s Boeing 757 is back in service.
Trump’s Boeing 757 flies to Palm Beach
In the years leading up to his presidency, Donald Trump typically flew around on his Boeing 757-200, which had the registration code N757AF. During his four year presidency, Trump of course “upgraded” to Air Force One, meaning that his own Boeing 757 stayed parked.
During this time he had put the Boeing 757 into storage, since he didn’t expect he’d need it for eight years. As a result, he didn’t keep up maintenance on the jet. When it became clear he didn’t win reelection, he needed to do a bit of work to get his plane airworthy again.
Specifically, the Boeing 757 was stored at Stewart Airport in New York (SWF), and it needed a Rolls-Royce RB211 engine to even depart the airport. It would then be flown to Lake Charles, Louisiana (CWF), where the plane would undergo significant maintenance.
The plane was flown to Louisiana in November 2021, but for nearly a year there wasn’t much movement, as I guess it needed some very serious work done. Well, there’s a major update regarding this, as the Boeing 757 is back in service. The plane landed at Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) on Wednesday evening. Prior to arriving in Florida, the plane performed several test flights in recent days at Chennault International Airport.
The plane is reentering service just weeks before the midterm elections. So it’s pretty clear that Trump will use this not just to fly around to various campaign stops, but the plane as such will likely also be used as a backdrop for many rallies.
The 757 has a new paint job — the “T” on the tail has been replaced by an American flag, and the “TRUMP” logo along the front of the jet stands out even more, if that’s even possible. The effort put into the paint job isn’t surprising, given that Trump refers to this plane as “Trump Force One.”
In the past couple of years, Trump has primarily flown on his 1997 Cessna 750 Citation X, which seats just eight people. Otherwise he has flown on other peoples’ jets.
What’s Trump’s Boeing 757 like?
Trump’s Boeing 757-200 was manufactured back in 1991, so the jet is 30+ years old. Trump purchased it back in 2010, from late Microsoft founder Paul Allen.
While a Boeing 757 can ordinarily seat 200+ passengers, this VIP equipped aircraft features just 43 seats. The onboard amenities include a bedroom, a guest suite, a dining room, a VIP area, and a custom galley. As you’d expect, everything on the plane is 24-karat gold plated, because why wouldn’t it be?
Below is a video tour of the plane, and some background on it.
If you’d prefer a slightly tackier tour, then the below one is for you.
Boeing 757s can be acquired for next to nothing nowadays, so the plane as such isn’t that valuable. That being said, it’s not cheap to maintain and fly, between the maintenance and fuel consumption.
Donald Trump’s Boeing 757 is flying once again, entering service for the first time in nearly six years. Not only did the plane undergo some significant maintenance, but it also has a new paint job, with the American flag on the tail. I suspect this plane will do a fair bit of flying in the coming days and weeks…