Former President Donald Trump has unveiled a fresh paint job with updated livery on his Boeing 757 aircraft, as rumors are growing that he is preparing to announce his 2024 presidential bid.
Trump 757 Prepares To Return To Skies With New Coat Of Paint
Trump’s 757 jet (registration N757AF), over 30 years old and purchased in 2011 from Microsoft founder Paul Allen, was his preferred means of transportation during his 2016 campaign. Upon his victory, it was placed in storage in New York since he had Air Force One, usually operated by a modified Boeing 747-200, at his disposal for the next four years.
After leaving office, he started using a much smaller Citation jet, but promised in 2021 that his 757 would fly again. The aircraft underwent extensive maintenance work near Lake Charles, Louisiana and has recently received a fresh paint job, which preserved the aircraft’s familiar livery with one exception. The large “T” on the tail wing has been replaced with an American flag.
The process of repainting an aircraft is not easy and I was quite impressed by this video put together by Landlocked Aviation Services, the firm which did the work:
Tyson Grenzebach, who works for Landlocked, told WTOC:
“This was a little bit different and unique because of the timeline and customer requirements. So, we did what we call scuff sanding. That helped because we had a base to start with, and then we primed, laid out for all the colors, and painted all the unique colors you see on the aircraft.
“As it turns out, it’s the nicest 757 Landlock aviation has ever painted and one of the best aircraft I’ve painted in my 28-year career. We had to accomplish all that in a kind of short period of time and around all the supply chain-challenged environment that we’re all experiencing.”
Eric Trump, the former President’s son, shared a shorter video on Twitter:
SHE’S BACK!! ✈️ pic.twitter.com/YAu6z8rtK9
— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) July 6, 2022
The move, perhaps not so coincidentally, comes as Trump has purportedly told his inner circle that he had decided to run again for president in 2024 and will make the formal announcement this autumn, a full year two years ahead of the election.
It appears that Trump’s 757 is airworthy and ready for campaigning once again. While the ex-President did not totally change the livery and use the Air Force One design that President Joe Biden recently scrapped, the substitution of the T for the American flag on the tail gives us a good clue that Trump is not ready to step away from political life.