The Original Air Force One for sale in Arizona


#1

The original Air Force One, “Super Connie” Columbine II sits in Marana Arizona for sale or scrap.
This was Eisenhower’s personal aircraft, and when a controller confused its tail number 8610 for flight 8610 it was decided “Air Force One” should be used for any Air Force Aircraft the president is riding in. This aircraft needs to be in a museum not in the desert waiting to be scrapped.

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#2

N9463/48-610 "Columbine II


#3

How much do they want for her?


#4

Here’s what I could find. Would have to contact the owner for current price. She sure is a pretty plane.

Current registration - N9463
Delivered to USAF November 1948 as C-121A 48-610
Bailed to Lockheed Air Service for flights between MacArthur Field, NY and Keflavik, Iceland from January to November 1949
To Lockheed, Burbank for conversion to a VC-121A in November 1949
To 1254 ATS(SM) at Washington National Airport for VIP missions in February 1950
Presidential aircraft “Columbine II” from November 1952 to November 1954 when replaced by VC-121E 53-7885
Used as backup presidential aircraft until May 1955
Operated by Pan American as N9907F “Clipper Fortuna” on special assignment to the Government of Thailand from May to June 1955
Returned to the 1254 ATW/89 MAW and flew VIP missions for the remainder of its USAF career
Retired by USAF and flown to Davis Monthan AFB for storage April 1968
One of five VC-121A’s sold to Christler Flying Service at DoD auction on May 5, 1970
Registered N9463 on July 10, 1970 but never converted to an agricultural sprayer. Used as a source of spares for Christler’s other four aircraft
Stripped of all useful spare parts and derelict at Desert Air Inc by the early 1980’s
Moved to Allied Aircraft yard by January 1984 and back on nosewheel by February 1987
Using parts from sister-ship N608AS, restored to flying condition by Mel Christler and Harry Oliver in 1989-90
To “Columbine II Corporation” in January 1990 and made its first post-restoration flight on April 5, 1990
Flew limited US air show circuit in 1990-91
Stored at Santa Fe, NM until October 1998 when flown to Scottsdale, AZ and offered at auction for $1.5M
No acceptable bids were received and aircraft returned to Santa Fe
Flown to Avra Valley Airport near Tucson on May 4, 2003
Advertised for sale in May 2005 for $3.2M
Stored stored at Northwest Marana Regional Airport (Avra Valley Airport) in good condition September 2008
conniesurvivors.com/N9463.htm


#5

As of COMEX close yesterday about $1.075 per pound at her MEW of 79,700 pounds! :wink:


#6

Asking price in 1998 was $1.5m, $3.2m in 1995 :open_mouth:

Aluminum ? Dross is considerably cheaper.