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Turns Out, Kanye West’s Proposed ‘iPlane 1’ To Trump Is Another Designer’s Idea
By Yoon Sann Wong, 12 Oct 2018
Image by Shabtai Hirshberg and shared under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
Several hours ago, Kanye West met with US President Donald Trump at the White House for lunch and a conversation.
During the get-together, West proposed that Trump replace the Air Force One with the ‘iPlane 1’, which West says he would get Apple to build.
The rapper proceeded to show Trump an image of the hydrogen-powered aircraft to the US leader, shown in the video below, that he had saved on his iPhone, concurrently unlocking the gadget before television film crew to broadcast his “000000” password to the world.
The idea, however, is neither one from Apple nor an original concept by West. The ‘iPlane 1’ is brainchild of freelance transportation and industrial designer Shabtai Hirshberg, who worked on the design while he was a graduate student at Detroit’s College for Creative Studies.
Hirshberg completed his graduate work in 2012, before publishing the concept to his online portfolio three years ago.
In a telephone interview with CNBC, Hirshberg explained that he had no idea West was pitching the idea to the President and that it caught him entirely by surprise.
He added that the project was the result following one year of research and design work. Contrary to West’s proposition that the plane be fueled by hydrogen, Hirshberg clarified that this was not what he had in mind specifically.
Though an option, Hirshberg maintains that hydrogen remains “a little far out.” Instead, the designer suggests “ultra-high bypass turbo fan,” an extreme alternative to what’s being used today.
At present, Hirshberg is working on a smaller version of the ‘iPlane 1’ that would be more realistic to build. When asked if he would be willing to speak to West about this project, Hirshberg commented that he’d be more than happy to do so.
Meanwhile, the image of West showing Trump the plane design has morphed into a humorous Photoshop battle.
"It's called the iPlane 1." pic.twitter.com/X4C9mvk6H6— VICE News (@vicenews) October 11, 2018
Kanye's hydrogen iPlane photo is a 2012 concept from an industrial designer pic.twitter.com/oVUMgliGqg— James Titcomb (@jamestitcomb) October 11, 2018
[via CNBC, main image by Shabtai Hirshberg and shared under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0]
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