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N880EP To Graceland,how,when?  
User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7542 posts, RR: 7
Posted (11 years 11 months 1 day ago) and read 4623 times:

I was looking thru some pics and found this pic of 'The Lisa Marie',Elvis' CV880. I was wondering if anyone had any info on how they got it from the airport to Graceland?

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Photo © JOE G. WALKER


I was there in '96 , but didn't get to tour her. I want to go back!
I was also wondering who operated it first. I remember reading that it was bought for only $1 mil in 1975 . Obviously Elvis didn't get to use it but for 2 years.
There's another pic in here of her in MIA in '79 in what looks like storage.

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I ran a check on the reg,and surprisingly it still looks valid.
It says:
Registration: N880EP
Airworthiness Cert: (blank)
Registration Type: Partnership
Registrant: OKC Partnership
City: Memphis
State: TN
Zip: 38119
Country: US
Certdate: 19901113
Last Action Date: 19991116
Aircraft Manuf: CONVAIR
Model: 22
Type: Fixed Wind Multi-engine
Manufactured: (blank)
Engines: 4
Seats: 152
Weight: 0184000
Speed: 0461

This must be it!
Any other insight to this unique bird?


'Empathy was yesterday...Today, you're wasting my Mother-F'ing time' - Heat.
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User currently offlineMls515 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 3077 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (11 years 11 months 23 hours ago) and read 4592 times:



I toured it back in '92 or '93. I think they said they ripped the wings off and trucked it in.


User currently offlineDL_Mech From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 1987 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (11 years 11 months 23 hours ago) and read 4582 times:

The wings were reattached with large steel plates "sandwiched" on the top and bottom of the wings.


This plane is built to withstand anything... except a bad pilot.
User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 11 months 23 hours ago) and read 4574 times:

I'm with Mls515, as I also seem to remember either reading about or seeing a video snippet about the move.

I vaguely recall the actual move was in the 1980s, but I can't recall anything more specific than that.

http://community-2.webtv.net/captjim123/title0/

If you scroll down to the last 880 shot (just before the pink Caddy) you'll notice that the 880 is wingless, and that there's an engine on a cart. Presumably, this was sometime between the move, and the exhibit opening, so maybe the photographer can recall more exactly...


User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7542 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (11 years 11 months 23 hours ago) and read 4566 times:

Here's a link to the Official Website about the jets.
http://www.elvis.com/graceland/tours/elvis_jets.asp

How far is Graceland from MEM ?



'Empathy was yesterday...Today, you're wasting my Mother-F'ing time' - Heat.
User currently offlineNonrevman From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1302 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (11 years 11 months 23 hours ago) and read 4560 times:

It was not far at all from the airport. Both are south of downtown. It seems like it was not even two miles to Graceland.

User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7542 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (11 years 11 months 22 hours ago) and read 4551 times:

The wings were attached w/metal plates? Well,she won't fly again  Sad Was this a Northeast jet? Wonder why the reg # is still valid ?


'Empathy was yesterday...Today, you're wasting my Mother-F'ing time' - Heat.
User currently offlineDL_Mech From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 1987 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (11 years 11 months 22 hours ago) and read 4548 times:

N880EP was built for Delta. And yes, unlike HB-ICC at the Swiss Transport Museum, She'll never fly again.....


This plane is built to withstand anything... except a bad pilot.
User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7542 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (11 years 11 months 22 hours ago) and read 4544 times:

Delta,that explains the DL stairs in OPNLguy's link. What was DL's reg?


'Empathy was yesterday...Today, you're wasting my Mother-F'ing time' - Heat.
User currently offlineDelta-flyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2676 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (11 years 11 months 20 hours ago) and read 4517 times:

Well, this is stirring up some dead embers.... When I was a teenager, circa mid-sixties, I got a model of a DL CV880 -- this was before I had ever seen a Delta plane -- it's reg was N880??. Can't remember the suffix, but the N880 is for sure.

Pete


User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (11 years 11 months 20 hours ago) and read 4513 times:

It was N8809E, and later N880EP

See:

http://members.aol.com/CaptainQuarters/cv880d63.htm


User currently offlineCOboeing777 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 693 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (11 years 11 months 20 hours ago) and read 4511 times:

I remember going to MEM on vacation with my family back in 1983 and seeing the Lisa Marie then, so it's been there at least 20 years. I concur with what a few people here have already said about how they got the plane there. I remember seeing on TV or a tape somewhere that they did remove the wings. As to how they put them back on, I do not know. I guess the "metal plate" explanation is feasible. Since it was intended to be a display there really would be no point in reassembling everything by the manuals.
Also, about the plane still being registered, thats not all that unusual. At the A & P school I attended we had a cessna 150 body with no wings and a Bell 222 that had been involved in some sort of accident years ago. It was just a shell with landing gear. I checked the reg #'s of both and they both still show up as registered. Now, if there is any legal reason why, I do not know, anyone else know??


User currently offlineMxCtrlr From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 2485 posts, RR: 35
Reply 12, posted (11 years 11 months 19 hours ago) and read 4493 times:

I remember working in Maintenance for Northeastern International Airways at FLL in the mid 80's and Lisa Marie was parked outside our offices all the time. As I recall, someone broke into it one night and stripped out the cockpit instruments but left the interior alone (obviously, not an Elvis fan or one who knew what the airplane represented).

MxCtrlr  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
Freight Dogs Anonymous - O.O.T.S.K.  Smokin cool



DAMN! This SUCKS! I just had to go to the next higher age bracket in my profile! :-(
User currently offlineYyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16367 posts, RR: 56
Reply 13, posted (11 years 11 months 19 hours ago) and read 4493 times:

I toured the Lisa Marie in 1991...its pretty impressive to have an intact CV-880 around these days!

Regards
Neil



Panam, TWA, Ansett, Eastern.......AC next? Might be good for Canada.
User currently offlineNed Kelly From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 415 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (11 years 11 months 14 hours ago) and read 4449 times:

Does anyone know exactly when it was moved from Ft Lauderdale to Gracelands?

I remember seeing it at FLL in January 1982, but if I recall it was gone when I next went to FLL in May 1983.

Ned.


User currently offlineCorocks From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1215 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (11 years 11 months 3 hours ago) and read 4383 times:

In the "boarding area" before you walk out to the planes, they show a video that shows the plane being towed down Elvis P. boulevard. They also had to remove a portion of the tail to clear the street lights. There were thousands of people lined up and down the street when they moved it.

User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7542 posts, RR: 7
Reply 16, posted (11 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 4344 times:

Thanks for all the insight  Smile


'Empathy was yesterday...Today, you're wasting my Mother-F'ing time' - Heat.
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