Buy your own Air Force One for $50,000
The government is selling a plane that for decades transported presidents, first ladies, foreign dignitaries and members of Congress.
The government is auctioning a DC-9 jetliner that has served as Air Force One. It's almost 40 years old and pretty run down, so you won't exactly be flying in luxury. But you will get a piece of history that still looks pretty great, at least from the outside.
The plane was part of the 89th Airlift Wing for 30 years, from 1975 to 2005, and flew presidents and vice presidents, according to bidding documentation from the U.S. General Services Administration. It also flew secretaries of state, members of Congress, foreign heads of state and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. And it comes with a recording of all conversations held on the aircraft. No, just kidding.
This isn't the large 747 that normally flies the president around. It isn't the official Air Force One, according to the government. But it was used by various presidents and most often by first ladies and members of Congress.
The 89th Airlift Wing operates the presidential fleet, writes Mark Knoller, a CBS News reporter on the White House beat. The smaller DC-9 planes are used to fly the president to airports that don't have the runway space to land a 747. President Barack Obama has used a DC-9 for weekend trips to Asheville, N.C., for example.
Interested bidders can check out the plane, but they'll have to go to the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport in Mesa, Ariz., to do so. The starting bid is $50,000, and the auction hasn't begun yet.
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In the Reagan Library there is a timeline of AF1 and during the Nixon admn he actually took a United flight cuz he was in a hurry and that plane was for a time AF1 just cuz the POTUS was on it. Drove secret service nuts.
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