Will the Next Retired Air Force One Go to Texas?

Air Force One refuels at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, on President Donald Trump's return to Washington D.C. from the North Korea summit, June 12, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo/Brittany A. Chase)
Air Force One refuels at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, on President Donald Trump's return to Washington D.C. from the North Korea summit, June 12, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo/Brittany A. Chase)

The presidential foundation behind the first President Bush has asked that an Air Force One be reserved for permanent exhibition on foundation property after the plane's planned retirement, according to the Air Force Times and other media.

The George and Barbara Bush Foundation has asked that an Air Force One plane set for retirement in 2025 be permanently exhibited at the late president's museum at Texas A&M, the Times said, citing a Houston Chronicle report.

If approved, the Boeing VC-25A would be on permanent loan to the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum from the U.S. Air Force.

Bush died last November at age 94.

Reported quoted Jim McGrath, vice president of the foundation, as saying that Bush "loved the plane," and that he was the first U.S. president to fly in it in 1990.

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force has a Boeing VC-137C SAM 26000, which served as an Air Force One.

The plane exhibited at the 19-acre museum has served eight presidents -- Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Clinton.

"However, the aircraft is most widely known for flying President Kennedy to Dallas, Texas, where he was assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963 -- and it was on this airplane that Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in as the new president," the museum noted in 2018. "SAM 26000 then carried Kennedy's body and President Johnson back to Washington, D.C."

The local museum is home to 10 aircraft with ties to former presidents, making it the largest collection of Air Force One planes.

The fleet is managed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, home to Air Force research and logistics efforts.

This article is written by Thomas Gnau from The Dayton Daily News and was legally licensed via the Tribune Content Agency through the NewsCred publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@newscred.com.

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