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Will Donald Trump Use Air Force One?

Donald Trump Air Force One

Donald Trump will inherit Air Force One (Getty)

Emblazoned with TRUMP in blocky white letters, Donald Trump’s private jet carries all the pizzazz and showiness of the president-elect.

However, Trump will likely have to use the Air Force One of presidents past instead of his personal jet when he takes office. He has boasted that he would replace the presidential aircraft with Trump Force One.

That may be a tall order, though, because Air Force One integrates all the equipment necessary to make presidential decisions. In addition to a communications package that can receive classified information en-route, the plane will likely be able to evade surface-to-air missiles. Here are the specs for the Air Force One, which is undergoing an update based off of Boeing’s 747-8 design.

  • Refuel in Midair
  • Only four-engine commercial jet Boeing makes
  • Plane’s electronics can withstand electromagnetic pulses
  • 4,000 square feet of floor space on three levels (existing AF1)
  • An operating room with a doctor onboard (existing AF1)

An official told CNN that while it’s possible to fit Trump’s aircraft with the equipment, the president-elect would have to pay for it himself.

“No one tells the president he can’t do something. Instead, you lay out all the reasons it’s functionally impossible,” the official told CNN. ”

Still, as a businessman, Trump may have a good reason to advertise his personal brand while flying in his Boeing 757-200. For the sake of comparison, let’s see how the plane Trump bought in 2011 stacks up against Air Force One.

  • Multiple Home Theaters
  • 57 Inch Screen with Selection of at least 1000 movies
  • Gold plated seat belts
  • Furniture embroidered with Trump’s family crest
  • Rolls Royce Engines
Air Force One v. Trump Force One

Air Force One is long overdue for an update (Getty)

If Trump’s plane is a palace, the new Air Force One is a fortress. It can escape heat-seeking missiles and withstand a nuclear attack, according to the Daily Mail. Capable of seating 102 people, the flying Oval Office has a wingspan and length about 1.5 times that of Trump’s plane. However begrudgingly, Trump may have to swap out his family crest for the president’s seal or upgrade his plane to meet the standards of the Air Force One estimated to cost at least $3 billion.

Trump has criticized President Obama’s use of Air Force One while he was campaigning for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. In July, Trump asked on Twitter who would pay for Obama’s campaign trips with Clinton. The Air Force One has said an hour of flying cost taxpayers $206,337. Trump has also criticized Obama on the carbon footprint left by Air Force One, which he described as a “very old Boeing 747, with the old, really big engines.”

The military announced Air Force One would be updated in January 2015 after having carried presidents for 25 years. The new plane, would have, “global, enduring, survivable command and control capability.”

Boeing added that the new Air Force One would save 15 tons of carbon emissions per trip. Trump shouldn’t hold his breath though. The new presidential plane is set to release as late as 2023

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5 comments

  1. Edward,

    Air Force One is not any certain plane. If Trump flies on his plane while president, it by definition is Air Force One. So unless Trump plans on not flying in a plane at all while president, he will be “using” AFO. So your article is flawed. Right now there are actually two identical 747s that are used for presidential transport. Whichever one the president is on, has the designation AFO. When not on board the 747s use “SAM 28000” or “SAM 29000” (SAM=Special Air Mission) as call sign depending on which of planes are used. 28000 and 29000 are the tail numbers.

  2. Edward, @edwardcox88

    Air Force One is not any certain plane. If Trump flies on his plane while president, it by definition is Air Force One. So unless Trump plans on not flying in a plane at all while president, he will be “using” AFO. So your article is flawed. Right now there are actually two identical 747s that are used for presidential transport. Whichever one the president is on, has the designation AFO. When not on board the 747s use “SAM 28000” or “SAM 29000” (SAM=Special Air Mission) as call sign depending on which of planes are used. 28000 and 29000 are the tail numbers.

    • Your comment is flawed… If trump, as sitting president, flies in a non military plane it shall be referred to as “executive one” rather than “air force one”… I dont know when this term was established but the precedent was set during nelson rockefeller’s vice presidency when he chose to use his personal aircraft as opposed to one of the military planes designated for vice presidential travel….

      • Confirming Callsign “Executive One” is to be used when the current US President is on any private, commercial, or airline aircraft. If he was to fly on his private 757 it would be called as Executive One while he is onboard, and would revert to its normal callsign when he disembarks. Such changes of callsign would usually be told to ATC on ground upon boarding/disembarking
        The same would follow if he had purchased a ticket aboard southwest airlines. That aircraft’s callsign would be Executive One during the time he’s on it.

        However, if in a military aircraft as president, the callsign of that military flight shall become [Branch] One.
        (Marine 1, Navy 1, Air Force 1, Coast Guard 1, Army 1)

  3. There are 2 747-8S. The new 747-8 Air Force One is not the freighter (747-8f) but the longer hump passenger version the “intercontinental-VIP” or (747-8i). Boeing media needs to make this clear immediately. Everyone is reporting it wrong.