The Original Air Force One Is Wasting Away in the Arizona Desert
The first plane designated as Air Force One is wasting away in the Arizona desert and in need of a new home.
Alicia Acuna explained on "America's Newsroom" how the plane, which carried President Dwight Eisenhower from 1953 to 1954, slipped through the cracks and ended up at the Marana Regional Airport in the Sonoran Desert in Arizona.
"It was sold as a package deal by the Air Force in 1970 to a man named Mel Chrysler, who needed planes for crop dusting," Acuna said.
She stated that the plane, which is a Lockheed Constellation, didn't have any official markings like what is seen today on presidential aircraft.
"So no one knew what he had," Acuna said. "It's the only Air Force One not in a museum, and it holds a very important place in aviation history."
She explained that one evening in 1953, the president was flying in the plane over New York City as Air Force Flight 8610 when it had a near miss with Eastern Airlines Flight 8610. That incident prompted the creation of a unique call sign for the presidential aircraft.
Acuna said that the family is now trying to find a museum to take the plane, but it needs over a million dollars in restoration.
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