Showing him a hypothetical version of a 6-year-old academic project aircraft, Kanye West highly recommended the aircraft for Donald Trump saying, “This is what our president should be flying in.”
Kanye West, an outspoken and an ardent Trump follower’s recent lunch meet was supposed to be about gun violence, criminal justice reform and other concerns dogging the rapper’s hometown—Chicago. Instead, West seemed to be focused and prepared for striking a proposal for a hydrogen-powered plane which West labelled as “the iPlane 1”, a replacement for the current Air Force One.
Sitting across from Trump in Oval Office and surrounded by reports, West said, “I brought a GIF with me right here.” West pulled up an image of the hypothetical plane as he unlocked his iPhone X with the passcode “000000.” How secure is that!
“This right here is the iPlane 1. It’s a hydrogen-powered airplane, and this is what our president should be flying in. We’re going to have Apple, an American company, work on this plane. What I need Saturday Night Live to improve on, or what I need the liberals to improve on, is: If he don’t look good, we don’t look good. This is our president. He has to be the freshest, the flyest — the flyest planes, the best factories.”
The fact being that Apple does not make planes and has never hinted an interest in manufacturing them.
Although the proposal hinted that aeronautical engineering is one of the unrevealed hobbies of the rap star, the plane wasn’t originally his idea. The rendered image of the hypothetical iPlane 1 is originally a concept piece from a master’s thesis project by industrial designer Shabtai Hirshberg in 2012, who has absolutely nothing to do with West’s White House proposal.
Hirshberg in his interview about the sudden attention said that “It completely caught me by surprise. A good surprise, I would say — it’s always nice to see your designs being thought well for.”
Apparently, the industrial designer is clueless about how West came across the project, but he said that the plane has spread on the internet like a wildfire since he posted it online and broadcasted it a tad bit when the thesis was first published. Hirshberg considered the major problems that air travel faces today and then went on to hypothesize the plane as a key, although an aspirational one.
Though Hirshberg’s proposed model isn’t fueled by hydrogen, it certainly has the fancy glass dome and the interior stadium seating. The feature of less than 7-hour nonstop Chicago-to-Paris flight time necessitates “enhanced building materials and advanced propulsion systems, which today’s technology lacks. The thesis was, in fact, looking to the imminent future of air travel in 2030—an era when humankind will be completely hopeless regarding limiting climate change, as per the UN’s report,
To cut a long story short, the project was Hirshberg’s accumulation of a one year’s intensive work, but he didn’t appear to be upset even though West proposed the plane as if it were his own idea.
Hirshberg further added, “He didn’t say that it was me… but it’s nice to be recognized by the reporters at least. I’d be more than happy to collaborate with Kanye West and Apple if they decide to actually take this forward.
All we can say is that was a productive meet right there!