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Former Air Force One up for auction

Posted By Kristen Butler, UPI.com   |   May 10, 2013 at 2:24 PM   |   Comments

May 10 (UPI) -- The General Services Administration listed a plane that once served as Air Force One on its federal auction website, and bidding begins May 15.

The McDonnell Douglas DC9-32 with tail number N681AL is currently housed in Phoenix, Arizona, and GSA is offering potential bidders on-site inspections by appointment. The plane shows the distinctive blue and white paint job designed with direction from First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, according to The Hill.

"In the thirty years this aircraft was assigned to the 89th Airlift Wing (Feb 1975-Sep 2005) it flew Presidential missions, Vice President, First Lady, Cabinet Secretaries (Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense, others), Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff, U.S. Senators, U.S. Representatives, Four-Star Generals, Admirals, Foreign Heads of State and other foreign dignitaries," the GSA says on the auction page.

The auction will open next Wednesday with a starting bid of $50,000. The president now primarily flies in a Boeing VC-25, which is a modified version of the Boeing 747 commercial jetliner.

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