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We spoke to the actual designer behind Kanye West’s iPlane pitch to the president

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Thursday, 11 October 2018 ()

We spoke to the actual designer behind Kanye West’s iPlane pitch to the presidentEarlier today, Kanye West made headlines in a meeting with Donald Trump, revealing a concept for an Apple-made, hydrogen-powered “iPlane 1” that the rapper wanted to replace Air Force One with (along with his phone password). The only problem: the “iPlane 1” is neither a secret Apple product nor an original Kanye idea. Instead, it’s a concept piece that was part of industrial designer Shabtai Hirshberg’s 2012 master’s thesis project imagining the future of air travel in 2030.

Speaking to The Verge, Hirshberg explained that he had no idea that Kanye was using his art. “No, it completely caught me by surprise. A good surprise, I would say — it’s always nice to see your designs being thought well for,” Hirshberg said.

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On Thursday, Kanye West visited the White House and met with Donald Trump in the Oval Office. Business Insider reports he gave an "extended soliloquy" in support of President Trump. West shared with the president his idea for a plane that would replace Air Force One. West showed the president his...

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