Will President Donald Trump need Air Force One? A look at 'T-Bird' Trump Force One

By James Rothwell, Barney Henderson

Most statesmen would be delighted to accept a trip to the White House on board Air Force One.

But Donald Trump broke with tradition yesterday by taking his own Boeing 757 jet to a meeting with outgoing president Barack Obama.

The move has raised questions as to whether America's 45th president will seek to hold onto the trappings of his celebrity image, which include his private jet and his 58-storey penthouse, Trump Tower.

Here is a side-by-side comparison of Trump's personal jet and the presidential fleet he is poised to inherit.

"Trump Force One"

'Trump Force One'. Photo / AP
'Trump Force One'. Photo / AP

Trump bought the prized jet in 2011 and splashed out a small fortune on equipping the airliner with every luxury available to him.

According to a recent Discovery Channel documentary, he fondly refers to the plane as the "T-Bird" - though since his election victory it has been renamed "Trump Force One".

It is reputedly worth more than $100m and boasts gold-karat fixtures in its office, two bedrooms, and powerful Rolls Royce turbo-fan engines.

The plane even has gold-plated seat belts, while the bedroom reserved for Trump contains wood paneling and silk pillows embroidered with his family crest.

President-elect Donald Trump. Photo / AP
President-elect Donald Trump. Photo / AP

There is a home cinema consisting of a 57-inch screen and sound system.

As the Trump plane took off from New York's La Guardia airport on Thursday, it received a water cannon salute on the runway - a ceremonial gesture in which fire engines spray arcs of water over the plane before it takes off.

Air Force One

Air Force One. Photo / AP
Air Force One. Photo / AP

Trump's plane is considerably smaller than the official presidential jet, with a wingspan of just 38 metres, compared to Air Force One's 59 metres.

And whereas Air Force One has room for 102 people, there are just 43 seats on Trump's airliner.

Air Force One has a conference room, gym and flares to avoid heat-seeking missiles.

It features a built-in medical centre on hand to monitor the health of the world's most powerful man.

Obama used Air Force One to campaign for Clinton - a fact not lost on Trump.

"Why is President Obama allowed to use Air Force One on the campaign trail with Crooked Hillary?" he asked. "She is flying with him tomorrow. Who pays?"

He has also claimed Air Force One had "old engines", and that Obama had a huge carbon footprint.

"Watch Obama talking about the carbon footprint, and then he flies over Hawaii in an old 747 with the old engines spewing the hell out of it," the president-elect said.

"And then he gives a speech about global warming and the carbon footprint. Gets into Air Force One, which is a very old Boeing 747, with the old, really big engines, and if you're a believer in carbon footprint, you don't like this, right?"

- Daily Telegraph UK

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