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‘Columbine II’ Ends Cross-Country Trip

‘Columbine II’ Ends Cross-Country Trip

The first presidential aircraft to be called Air Force One is being resurrected by a company in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. On Wednesday, the aircraft built in 1948 spread its wings once again.

The first Air Force One, a U.S. Air Force Lockheed C121A Constellation, flew from Arizona to Texas to its final destination in Bridgewater, Va., on Wednesday. “The whole trip, the weather has been perfect and the airplane has been performing very well,” said Lockie Christler, captain of “Columbine II.”

The aircraft is almost 70 years old and has been mostly stripped on the inside. It is now in the hands of the Dynamic Aviation Group.

For video and the complete story by WVIR-TV, click here.

Photo by Mid-America Flight Museum

Updated: April 21, 2016 — 5:02 AM

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