Wed Nov 14, 2012, 09:15 AM
mfcorey1 (5,501 posts)
Romney's Campaign Plane Dismantled
Active Aero, the small Michigan-based company behind Mitt Romney’s campaign plane, has some cleaning up to do.
Soon after Romney de-planed the McDonnell Douglas MD-83 for the last time Tuesday evening, the firm began the job of removing alterations he had made to the aircraft, Bloomberg BusinessWeek reports.
That means removing the red fabric on one of the seat’s headrests embroidered with “The Gov.” Workers will rip off the “Believe In America” insignias stenciled on each side of the plane and give its exterior a fresh paint-job. They’ll even reconfigure the seats, where Romney, his top brass, and a host of other characters rode out flights along the 2012 campaign trail.
Alterations to presidential campaign planes, and their eventual removal, are nothing new. In 2008, Obama had a Boeing 757 retrofitted with plush seating and replaced the American flag on the plane’s tail fin with an Obama logo, causing an uproar among some critics.
The first step to restoring Romney’s plane is a “thorough cleaning,” an Active Aero spokeswoman told BusinessWeek.
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