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Scott McDonald | Ferry Flight Interview (video)

May 5, 2023

Back in 2015, Scott Mcdonald along with Lockie Christler, Tom Woodward, and Tim Koons flew Columbine II from Marana Arizona to her new home in Bridgewater Virginia. Scott came to visit us a couple of weeks ago and we were fortunate enough to sit down for an interview with him to talk about First Air Force One and his history with Constellations.

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On This Day : The 1953 Inauguration of Ike (video)

January 20, 2023

On January 20, 1953, President-elect Eisenhower becomes the 34th President of the United States of America as he is sworn in and gives his inaugural address.

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Ike to Korea

November 29, 2022

On November 4, 1952, Dwight Eisenhower won the American presidential election, beating Adlai Stevenson II by a landslide. Eisenhower retained his enormous popularity from the war, as was seen in his campaign slogan, “I Like Ike.”

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Interior Refurbishment Advances

October 8, 2022

The Lockheed Constellation achieved legendary status during its years of service, offering one of the most visibly striking aircraft designs of the time, as well as safe and reliable travel during the post-WWII era.

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Pioneering Presidential Air Travel

September 20, 2022

Prior to WWII, U.S. Presidents rarely traveled far from the Washington D.C. area or nearby states. This was due to the safety and reliability concerns surrounding available transportation options.

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From the Flight Deck

August 15, 2022

In 1939, aviation pioneer, Howard Hughes, held a majority stake in Trans World Airlines (TWA). In order to compete with rival airlines, United and American, he was looking for a truly extraordinary aircraft design that would change the face of air travel.

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Prelude to D-Day

June 27, 2022

The months preceding D-Day were fraught with challenges, including balancing the deep-rooted strategic ideologies of U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and officers of the Allied Expeditionary Force.

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Operation Overlord – The Battle of Normandy

June 6, 2022

World War II is a story of normal people who stepped away from their everyday lives into an alternate existence marked by devastation unfathomable to those who didn’t experience it firsthand.

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Engine Overhaul

May 11, 2022

The Wright Flyer flown by Wilbur and Orville Wright at Kill Devil Hills on December 17, 1903, changed the course of history as the first sustained flight by a heavier-than-air powered and controlled aircraft was achieved.

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MJ Eisenhower and Air Force One

April 9, 2022

Mary Jean Eisenhower is the granddaughter of Ike Eisenhower and was an early public supporter of the efforts to restore First Air Force One.

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