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.
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...
Delta-flyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2676 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 5535 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.
COboeing777 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 693 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 5529 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??
MxCtrlr From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 2485 posts, RR: 33
Reply 12, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 5511 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).
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DAMN! This SUCKS! I just had to go to the next higher age bracket in my profile! :-(
Corocks From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1216 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 5401 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.