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The next retired Air Force One could go to Texas

Air Force One departs Joint Base Andrews, Md., on March 20, 2016, to transport President Barack Obama to Cuba. The 89th Airlift Wing owns two VC-25s.

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By THOMAS GNAU | Dayton (Ohio) Daily News | Published: April 10, 2019

DAYTON, Ohio (Tribune News Service) — The presidential foundation behind President George H.W. 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 University, 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 – John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Bill 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.

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