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Boeing 707-300 (58-6971)


Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson, AZ, 21 Apr 18. More from their website:

Manufacturer: BOEING
Markings: 89th Military Airlift Wing, Andrews AFB, Maryland, 1998
Designation: VC-137B
Serial Number: 58-6971

One of three 707-153s bought "off-the-shelf" and converted to military use, this aircraft was completed as a VC-137A by Boeing Aircraft of Seattle, Washington on April 7, 1959. On May 30, 1959 this aircraft was accepted by the U. S. Air Force, painted in Military Air Transport Service colors (white top with extensive Day-Glo orange) and markings and assigned to the 1298th Air Transport (Special Missions) Squadron at Andrews AFB, MD with a deployment to Washington National Airport in Washington, DC. In June 1961, the aircraft was assigned to the 1254th Air Transport (Special Missions) Wing, Andrews AFB.


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Thanks Greg for history of this old bird and nice photo :)
Barrett Reed
Awesome photo! So, this is the aircraft that carried JFK?
Barrett Reed - no... that would be USAF s/n 62-6000.

The signature livery for these historic aircraft was designed by the famed industrial designer Raymond Loewy, working in consultation with President John F. Kennedy.
Greg ByingtonPhoto Uploader
Thanks everyone! I believe it was JFK's plane, but I would have to check to make sure. And I think I had heard before that JFK (and/or Jackie?) played a significant role in the design. Thanks, again!
Greg ByingtonPhoto Uploader
Barrett, to answer your question, here is info from Joe Baugher's webstie:

58-6970/6972, Boeing VC-137A-BN, MSN 17925/17927.

Three commercial 707-153 bought by USAF as VIP transports. When the President is aboard, it is designated as Air Force One. All later converted to VC-137B with JT3D-3 turbofans.

6970 to Boeing Museum of Flight, Seattle, Washington June 1996.
6971 to AMARC as CZ0193 Oct 8, 1998. On display at Pima Air and Space Museum, Tucson, Arizona
6972 scrapped in 1996 due to severe corrosion.

Also, on the Museum of Flight website it states:

"Jackie Kennedy and industrial designer Raymond Loewy designed the iconic white, blue, and metal paint scheme for Air Force One."

So, this was one of the aircraft that would have been used as Air Force One when the president was aboard.
Greg ByingtonPhoto Uploader
Thanks for the info, David! It did confuse me a little, though. So, I looked up the aircraft you mentioned (VC-137C, 62-6000) on Joe Baugher's website. If I have it right, the three I mentioned in my last post (including the one pictured above at PASM) were converted to VIP transports at some point and were, or could have been, used to transport the president. But the one at the National Museum of the Air Force that David linked to was built in 1962 specifically as an "Air Force One" and was the one that JFK was using when he made the infamous trip to Dallas in 1963. Here is the info from Joe Baugher:

62-6000 Boeing VC-137C MSN 18461. Special 707-353B for Office of the President. The famous "Air Force One". Now on display at USAF Museum.

Thanks again, David!
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