Columbine III


The Lockheed VC121-E Super Constellation served as Eisenhower’s personal aircraft between 1954 and 1961, providing non-stop intercontinental travel for the first time. It was christened by First Lady Mamie Eisenhower to represent the Colorado State Flower. Columbine I served Eisenhower during WWII, and Columbine II was his first presidential aircraft. Columbine III was retired when he left office.

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While Columbine III graces the Presidential Galleries in the National Museum of the USAF, Columbine II withers away in the arid desserts of Arizona Boneyard.

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Columbine II wastes away in the Arizona Desert