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Former Air Force One up for auction

By Kristen Butler, UPI.com
Former Air Force One up for auction
A model C-9 plane owned by the U.S. Air Force. A different plane of the same make is up for auction after spending 30 years in the 89th Airlift Wing serving the President, Vice President, and high-level government officials. (PD/United States Air Force)

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.

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"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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