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Donald Trump’s Aging Air Fleet Gives His Bid, and His Brand, a Lift


nytimes articleThe following is an excerpt from Susanne Craig | April 23, 2016 | Nytimes.com |

Of all the things connected to Donald J. Trump, few have given him more mileage than his fleet of aircraft.

His Boeing 757 jet, often referred to as Trump Force One, has received the full rich-and-famous lifestyle treatment; The Washington Post even queried whether it was better than Air Force One.

One of Mr. Trump’s helicopters has gotten similar coverage; an interior renovation made CNBC’s “Super Lives of the Super Rich” in a segment entitled “Pimp My Chopper.”

A close look at Mr. Trump’s two airplanes — the 757 and a smaller jet used on the campaign trail — and three helicopters, however, suggests that their value rests chiefly in their marketing potential, with the Trump stamp of status masking the fleet’s age.

Four of the five aircraft are more than 20 years old, a rarity for most billionaires. The exception is a 19-year-old Cessna 750 Citation X — the only one of the five without the Trump name painted on it in large letters. The smaller plane was grounded last week after The New York Times reported that its registration had expired in January. It is now cleared to fly again, according to the F.A.A.

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