9.25.2014

THE FIRST AIR FORCE ONE NEEDS TO BE RELOCATED!


Columbine II is a Lockheed Constellation that served as the first Air Force One aircraft under President Eisenhower. Since 2006, this aircraft has been sitting derelict in Marana, AZ awaiting a new home in museum or some place where she can be appreciated.

As of 2012, the Columbine II owners, family members as well as the pilots and mechanics with deep connections to this aircraft are working together to return Columbine II to airworthiness.


TUCSON, Ariz. - The first plane to be designated as Air Force One now sits in a southern Arizona field that's part of Marana Regional Airport.

The aircraft that once spirited President Dwight D. Eisenhower on cross-country voyages is nearly forgotten on a 10-acre parcel, decaying under the relentless glare of the sun.


Efforts to sell the aircraft at auction were unsuccessful and it was parked at the Marana airport in 2005 in a lease agreement.

 

The aircraft has no hangar to shelter it from the sun's rays, which are gradually breaking down the aircraft.


The Arizona Daily Star says a New Mexico man now owns the plane.

A contractor who serves as the aircraft's caretaker is looking for a museum willing to take it and restore it.




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