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Status Question On VC-140Bs.  
User currently offlineFlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 13
Posted (13 years 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 4230 times:

Greetings folks...
Recently I went to the USAF Museum in Dayton, Ohio...and had a wonderful time there. I saw & went aboard the 4 primary Presidential aircraft on display...the Sacred Cow, Independence, Columbine III & SAM 26000. SAM 26000 in particular, was full of amazing history. I actually stood at the spot where JFK's casket was when his body was flown back to Washington DC in 1963. If anyone can make a trip to this museum, I highly recommend it. Now, to my question regarding the fleet of VC-140s that the 89th Airlift Wing had. At the museum, VC-140B #12492 was on display. And I'm wondering what became of the other 5 VC-140Bs. Their tailnumbers are/were 12488 thru 12491, and 12493. Does anyone have any informations regarding these 5 particular airframes? The last VC-140B was retired in 1986. Hopefully they have been preserved in museums around the country. Any & all replies appreciated. Regards.

"Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." --Ben Franklin
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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 30148 posts, RR: 58
Reply 1, posted (13 years 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 4074 times:

There was a Pima Air Museum when I was down there in 1996

User currently offlineFACT From South Africa, joined Jul 2002, 200 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (13 years 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 4028 times:
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As per Scramble! and Joe Baugher's USAF serials website:

59-5958 : Preserved at Travis AFB, CA
59-5959 : Preserved at Scott AFB, IL
59-5960 : Stored at Greenville, TX (E-Systems?)
59-5961 : crashed 07Nov62 at Robins AFB
59-5962 : Preserved at Edwards AFB, CA

VC-140B (later redesignated C-140B):
61-2488 : Preserved at Robins AFB, GA
61-2489 : Preserved at Pima Air & Space Museum, AZ
61-2490 : Stored at AMARC, Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ (CL0009)
61-2491 : Scrapped at Rhein-Main, 1993 (after ABDR use)
61-2492 : Preserved at USAF Museum, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
61-2493 : Was stored at AMARC, AZ (CL0003) - sold & scrapped 4/2001

62-4197 : In scrapyard at Tucson, AZ (ex AMARC CL0007)
62-4198 : Scrapped at Mildenhall, 1992
62-4199 : Was stored at AMARC, AZ (CL0002) - sold & scrapped 4/2001
62-4200 : In scrapyard at Tucson, AZ (ex AMARC CL0005)
62-4201 : Preserved at Hill Aerospace Museum, UT

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User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6463 posts, RR: 31
Reply 3, posted (13 years 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3998 times:

Very good FACT you saved me a few minutes, if my L-1329 Dbase is not corrupt that is. Otherwise you saved me agonizing hours.

Welcome aboard.

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User currently offlineBroke From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 1322 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (13 years 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 3988 times:


Come back to the museum after April, 2003 and you may not recognize the place on the inside. The Kettering Gallery (200,000 sq. ft.) will be dedicated and the museum will complete a major realignment of most of its exhibits. The presidential Hangar and the Early Years exhibits are the only 2 areas that won't be changed.

For the 100th anniversary of flight the museum is going to have activities going on all next year. Go to


to keep up on what's happening.

User currently offlineFlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 13
Reply 5, posted (13 years 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3989 times:

I do intend to return to the museum again in about a year's time. I had a very enjoyable visit the last week this past August. Altho I had one minor complaint there...I thought the Air Power Gallery & the Modern Flight Hanger were a bit 'cluttered'...I wanted to see the B-36 & the XB-70 stand apart, without the other aircrafts under their wings. But I realized there is renovations & construction going on, so it was no big deal...because I was really enjoying myself there. Alot of these aircrafts I was seeing for the very first time.  Wink/being sarcastic If anyone plans to see this museum, let me tell you, this place is rich in aviation history. Speaking for myself, there are a handful of airplanes there that have their own 'aura', as if they are still alive. The B-29 "BocksCar" is one, the C-123 "Patches" on display outdoors is another, and of course SAM 26000. The SR-71 & the B-52 also have their own 'vibes' as well. This kind of talk may sound corny to the average visitor, but if a person's has a passion for aviation like I do, you know what I'm talking about. See you next year, Broke.  Wink/being sarcastic Regards.

"Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." --Ben Franklin
User currently offlineFlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 13
Reply 6, posted (13 years 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3976 times:

My apologies for my ignorance, but I do want to thank you for your reply & information. It is very helpful & it's good to know that more than one VC-140 survives. Can you provide the full links to your source? Again thanks & regards.  Wink/being sarcastic

"Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." --Ben Franklin
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