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Rapper Kanye West holds his phone with a picture of a plane after he showed it to U.S. President Donald Trump during a meeting in the Oval office of the White House on October 11, 2018 in Washington, DC.
Hirshberg said the project was “an accumulation of a year of my research and design work.”
While West suggested that the plane might be fueled by hydrogen, Hirshberg said that wasn’t exactly what he had in mind.
“It’s definitely an option, but I think hydrogen is a little far out,” Hirshberg said. “I was thinking ultra-high bypass turbo fan, which is an extreme version of what we’re using today.”
Hirshberg said that he’s currently working on a smaller version of the plane that would be more feasible to build. Asked whether he’d be willing to talk to West about his work, Hirshberg responded, “I’d be more than happy to.”