AmtrakGuy
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Old Air Force One At Dayton OH?

Thu Feb 17, 2000 7:23 am

Am I correct that there is an old Air Force One (707) at Dayton OH open for tour? I'm going to Columbus OH on business end of March and was thinking of flying in to Columbus one day early, rent a car and drive over to Dayton to see the plane.

anyone know the web site or phone number I can call?

Thanks in advance.

Dave
 
william
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RE: Old Air Force One At Dayton OH?

Thu Feb 17, 2000 9:29 am

AmtrakGuy,do you work for Amtrak the railroad?
 
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RE: Old Air Force One At Dayton OH?

Thu Feb 17, 2000 9:41 am

Willaim....yes I do work for Amtrak (choo choo choooooooo)....my mom used to work for Northwest Orient..so I have interest in airlines ever since I flew free when I was a baby (wink). Tried to get job with airlines..no luck...maybe one day soon.

Dave
 
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RE: Old Air Force One At Dayton OH?

Thu Feb 17, 2000 9:43 am

Yes there is an Air Force One at the US Airforce museum at Wright Patterson Airforce Base in Dayton. It's tail number is 26000 the same one that took President Kennedy to Dallas and brought his body back when he was assasinated. It was used until the current 747 came on line. I strongly suggest you go. There is alot of aircraft and a lot of history there. I believe they open at 9 am and close at 5 seven days a week but I may be wrong. All the presidential aircraft along with Air Force One are in the Presidential Hangar. There is a desk you have to sign in at to get a pass to be allowed on base. It is all for free too   I'm out of town right now and should be home Friday afternoon so If nobody posted a telephone number then I'll post it for you. Have fun! I did!
 
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RE: Old Air Force One At Dayton OH?

Thu Feb 17, 2000 9:59 am

I'll second what UPS Pilot says. I spent a day there a few years ago and I had to tear myself away at the end of it. The highlights for me were the surviving XB-70 Valkyrie (awesome) and the Apollo 15 capsule. There was also some activity into and out of the adjacent operational base.
 
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RE: Old Air Force One At Dayton OH?

Thu Feb 17, 2000 10:31 am

We didn't take a tour when we went, but it was still fun. There are several large aircraft in the Presidential hanger. A VC-137 (tail number 26000) is the highlight, but there's 3 other piston aircraft too. FDR's DC-4, a DC-6, and a Connie are all available to walk though. I can't remember which one is the Sacred Cow, the Columbine's I and II, the Independence, etc. There are also some smaller planes like Nixon's Lockheed Jetstar. My dad wished that there was a hole in the plastic walls so that he could get some good photographs of the cockpits, but no such luck. My favorite aircraft were the B-1A, XB-70, and Douglas C-124 (I think).

There is one very important thing to remember when you go. The interiors of these airplanes are very narrow. They have plastic walls to protect the interior and you have to walk through a 17 inch wide thing before you can board. Being quarterback sized 16 year old, I had to turn on my side a couple of times because my shoulders were too wide. If you're thinking about a diet, starting one a couple months before you go would be a good idea. Incidentally, 17 inches is the width of the seats on Delta's 737-800s. Not very wide in my opinion.
 
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RE: Old Air Force One At Dayton OH?

Thu Feb 17, 2000 12:22 pm

Dayton is about a one hour drive from Columbus, so I strongly reccomend going to the Air Force Museum. UPS Pilot summed everything up pretty well. The thing is, the presidential aircraft are located in separate hangers across from the actual museum. As said, a military pass is needed in order to get to these hangers since they are located on the base. There used to be a bus going from the hangers to the museum complex, but for some reason it was discontinued. If you have military connections in Columbus or Dayton, ask them if they can come with you. I believe I still have a brochure or two from the museum that includes phone numbers, but I'll have to dig them up. I'll try and post it as soon as possible. Meanwhile, have fun in Dayton. If possible, I would also reccomend stopping by Dayton James M. Cox International Airport. It's a good airport for spotting and has a nice amount of traffic. It's also a very large Emery Worldwide hub, though most traffic is at night.
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Museum Website

Thu Feb 17, 2000 12:28 pm

I looked around, and found the museum's website. It should contain all the information that you need. I hope it helps.

http://www.wpafb.af.mil/museum/
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AmtrakGuy
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RE: Old Air Force One At Dayton OH?

Thu Feb 17, 2000 12:34 pm

wow...this is GREAT!!! now I'm gotta go two days early..fly into Columbus at night, drive over to sleep overnight..then spend a FULL DAY sightseeing.

I'll be on look out for more details information (phone number, web site, etc).

You all are great friends!!!

Dave

 
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RE: Old Air Force One At Dayton OH?

Thu Feb 17, 2000 12:46 pm

Also on display inside is the Convair B-36 "Peacemaker". This is a truly gigantic aircraft and it is displayed with some of the thermonuclear devices that it carried. The tail raises well above the other displays and it is hard not to be drawn to it.

Here's a great picture to give you an idea of it's size:



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