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The First Air Force One Has Taken To The Skies Once Again.

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Columbine II, a gorgeous Lockheed Constellation (military designation Lockheed VC-121A-LO) that flew President Eisenhower. (www.facebook.com) More...

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vanstaalduinenj
I love it when a plan comes together.
Got to admit kinda shocked this wasn't already in a collection somewhere.
bdarnell
bdarnell 2
Is there another link for those of us that don't have Book of Faces ?
Knightshot5
Now if they can only get the one here at KSLN up and flying again.
sparkie624
sparkie624 1
Thanks for sharing.. Some real history, very good to see.
sgrimm
stephen grimm 1
The Lockheed Constellation immortalized in W.E.B. Griffin Honor series
bbabis
bbabis 1
I thought this one was up at Wright Pat in the Air Force Museum. They must have another Connie dressed up to look like it. Very nice to see the real one rise again.
30west
30west 2
The Connie at Wright Pat is Columbine III, the third and final Columbine-named Air Force One used by President Eisenhower. Columbine II and III were newer models of their predecessors.
bbabis
bbabis 1
Thanks 30west! A day is never wasted if you learn something.
evbutler
Ev Butler 1
Last time I saw this Connie was at the Pima Air Museum complete with Kennedy's orthopedic chair. It was in 2003, IIRC. A 707 painted with AF1 livery was just across the spot where the Connie was parked. I was told by the curator that the Connie was the presidential aircraft prior to the 707s being delivered.
akayemm
Nostalgia revisited .
bentwing60
bentwing60 1
If ever there was an airliner with the grace, poise, and classic good looks of Greta Garbo, this is it.

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