Hours after news broke that a private jet carrying former President Trump and his team was forced to make an emergency landing in New Orleans after shortly taking off from the city, Trump’s PAC emailed supporters asking them for funds to build a new plane.
‘I have a very important update on my plane, but I need to trust that you won’t share it with anyone,’ wrote Trump in the email.
‘Do you remember Trump Force One?’ the email asks. ‘Before becoming the greatest President of all time, I traveled the Country in my plane, known as Trump Force One. I have a very important update on my plane, but I need to trust that you won’t share it with anyone: my team is building a BRAND NEW Trump Force One.’
The plane reportedly suffered an engine failure over the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday night. Trump had just given an address at the spring donor meeting of the Republican National Committee in New Orleans, and around 11 p.m. the plane departed to take him home to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla.
The private plane, a Dassault Falcon 900, belonged to a donor at the event. It also had secret service members on board, along with other staff and Trump advisers.
Once Trump was back on the ground, the RNC reportedly found the former president another plane that belonged to a different donor for him to use to get back to Mar-a-Lago. The former president landed in Florida around 3 a.m.
Hours earlier Trump had given a wide-ranging speech, where he spoke on a range of topics as he struck an aggressive tone on the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Trump is pictured leaving Florida last May aboard his private jet, different from the Dassault Falcon 900 that made an emergency landing over the weekend
He jokingly suggested the U.S. should ‘bomb the s**t out of Russia’ with planes bearing the Chinese flag, leading conflict between the two allies while the U.S. would ‘sit back and watch.’
Trump also went after NATO, calling it a ‘paper tiger’ and said the US cannot just stand by while Ukraine is invaded, according to Washington Post reporter Josh Dawsey, who obtained a recording of Trump’s remarks.
During his presidency, Trump had reportedly said multiple times that he wanted to pull the United States out of NATO, a move that aides scrambled to counter.
Trump also went after some of his foes by name during the address, calling Rep. Adam Schiff ‘watermelon head’ and George Conway a ‘son of a b***h.’
Former Vice President Mike Pence also gave an address at the spring meeting, after recent friction between him and Trump over the 2020 election. It’s not clear if the pair spoke.
Trump also said he was ‘looking… very, very strongly’ at a comeback bid in 2024.
On the day former President Donald Trump takes his last ride on the luxurious Air Force One, his private plane sits mothballed and appearing to be in need of major repair
Views inside Donald Trump’s private Boeing 57 Trump jet as seen in a video put out by the Trump Organization in 2011
Trump owns at least two of his own private jets. His Boeing 757, worth $100 million, was what he previously referred to as ‘Trump Force One.’ That plane was frequently used during the 2016 campaign, and fell into disrepair during Trump’s White House years when he flew on Air Force One.
The plane sat mothballed at a New York airport from 2019 until Trump announced he would repair it in 2021.
The seat belts in that plane are all 24 carat gold, as are the bathtub’s fixtures and other details, and the lounge area has a full cinema entertainment system.
Most of the on-board space is occupied by a bedroom, guest room and dining room.
The former president also owns a nine-seater Cessna Citation X – one of the fastest private jets around – with the code sign N725DT, which was used frequently during the election campaign.
The plane flies at 705 mph – slightly less than the speed of sound. It can fly at an altitude of 51,000ft.
Operating the Cessna does not come cheap: a short round-trip flight from Washington to Philadelphia would cost around $17,000.
Trump also owns three Sikorsky S-76 helicopters – based in New York, Florida and Scotland – for members of his clubs and guests to use at their convenience.