Airborne Awesomosity

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Air Force One

The General Services Administration is one of those large, nebulous government agencies. In fact, it is responsible for basically all of the supply and transportation for the federal government. When it has equipment that has been removed from service it auctions it. These are those famous government auctions you hear about someone buying 50,000 vacuum tubes for $1 from. Well, this auction will cost you a bit more to enter (a $50,000 deposit is required to bid), but you could walk away with a piece of history — Air Force One.

Air Force One VIP Seating

Technically, it’s a McDonnell-Douglas VC-9C (US Air Force executive transport version of the DC-9-32) with the tail number N681AL. Only when the president is aboard would it be called Air Force One. In fact, this plane most likely would have spent most of its career shuttling vice presidents around and using the Air Force Two callsign. Those would have included Walter Mondale, George H. W. Bush, Dan Quayle, Al Gore, Dick Cheney, and Joe Biden…a career spanning from 1976 through 2011.

Still, it’s painted in presidential livery. Maybe you’ll find an early copy of An Inconvenient Truth in which he asserts the earth is cooling stuck under a seat cover. Maybe Dan Quayle left his spelling lessons in a cabinet. Maybe Joe Biden left his brain under the seat in front of him. That’s the thing…who knows what you’ll find on this potential treasure trove of history! Even if you don’t find anything very interesting, it’s still a DC-9-32 with two Pratt & Whitney JT8D engines and luxury seating. You could throw a middle finger to Delta and say, “I got me my own jet!”

Are you excited? Do you have fifty large to get into the bidding? What are you waiting for? Go to the GSA Auctions website (here) now!

[Image Credit: GSA]

  • FuzzyPlushroom

    I'd rather have the foosball table, mostly because I could actually afford it.

  • Plecostomus

    I need something this terrible and impractical in my life, but actually, I need a Princess seaplane more.

    Can you imagine how rockin a Princess would be with even more powerful modern engines?

    Or if you turned a Boeing C-97 Stratofreighter into a seaplane?

  • Does it come with a stair car?

  • toxicavenger1

    Read some of the PDF Listing the parts that come with this aircraft.
    This is a large warehouse full of parts.
    Every 10 cent grommet is listed.
    Technology ages faster than in the past.
    Always some new thing faster or lighter or cheaper…..

  • OA5599

    Interesting that the Secret Service blows up all the retired Presidential limos to keep them from being reverse-engineered for security weaknesses, but any potential bidder can inspect the plane, and with a winning bid, take it home (presuming that home has a long enough runway).

    • One assumes that John Travolta has already cast his bid

    • I'm sure they removed any flare launchers, chaff dispensers, and ECM equipment that might have been on board.

      • And the escape pods.

        • They just told Mondale, Quayle, Gore, and Biden there were escape pods. Bush (former CIA chief) and Cheney had enough sense to know it was just the storage closet.