Friday, August 19, 2011

Former Air Force Two lands at DAFB

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The former Air Force Two, which carried foreign dignitaries and heads of state, U.S. Vice Presidents, First Ladies and even Presidents (in which case it became Air Force One) will now be on permanent display at the Air Mobility Command Museum at Dover Air Force Base. The plane landed at the base just after 1 o’clock this afternoon. After traveling through a wall of water sprayed by two Dover Air Force Base Fire Department tankers, the crew parked it in the museum’s display area. After a brief ceremony, visitors were allowed to walk through the plane, from the rear to the front entrance, including through the conference room, where we can only imagine the number and magnitude of political and policy discussions which took place in that room. That thought is what awed many of the visitors, and even the plane’s captain, Col. Bill Edwards, commander of the 932nd Airlift Wing at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.

The twin-engine VC-9 aircraft was replaced in the Presidential Fleet by Boeing 757s. Edwards says that now, the Vice President and Congressional delegations travel abroad on C-40s, which he says resemble 737s.

The plane will eventually be displayed outside the control tower at the museum, and will be one of the first displays visitors will see when they come to the museum.

And a related story from from earlier this month

Air Force Two will become a part of the Air Mobility Command Museum at Dover Air Force Base next week. The VC-9 jet served 30 years carrying presidents, vice presidents and first ladies. The light blue, white and aluminum jet will arrive around 1pm on Thursday the 18th.


NEWS RELEASE: Air Force Two Arrives at the AMC Museum August 18th

A VC-9 jet that served for thirty years transporting presidents, vice presidents and first ladies will fly in to take its place at the Air Mobility Command Museum.

At approximately 1 p.m. Aug 18, a rather distinctive aircraft will be landing at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Aircraft that transport our nation’s most senior leaders, from members of Congress to the President, are painted in a distinctive light blue, white and polished aluminum scheme.

Serial number 73-1682 was assigned to the 89th Wing at Joint Base Andrews; their mission is to support the president and other distinguished leaders. It is a twin-engine jet that can fly at 565 miles per hour at 35,000 feet. The interior is configured with seating for support staff and a conference area for in-flight meetings as well as an extensive communications suite.

Among the many dignitaries transported were Former Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, making it Air Force One when transporting the president. Mostly, it was used by Former Vice Presidents George H. W. Bush, Dan Quayle, and Walter Mondale as Air Force Two.

In 2005, it was transferred to the USAF reserve when the Boeing 757 took its place in the Presidential Fleet. It will be delivered by a crew from the 932nd Airlift Wing from Scott AFB, Ill.

The arrival ceremony is open to the public. Please arrive a half hour early. Parking and admission is free.

Access to the museum is off Delaware Route 9 just a half mile from Exit 91 of DE Route 1 south of the base. Visitors can follow the AMC Museum signs for easy access.

Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission and parking are free and photography is welcome. Adults and children of all ages are encouraged to come and enjoy learning about the history of your United States Air Force. Call 302-677-5938 for more information.