Douglas VC-9C Presidential Transport
Now Open For Tours!
Due to the intense summer heat, Castle Air Museum has instituted a Summer Hours schedule for touring the VC-9C Presidential Aircraft. Tours will be offered on Saturdays only from 10:00am to 12:00pm (noon) and will be in effect through September 30, 2014.
The VC-9C aircraft tail number 73-1681 was in service with the 89th Airlift Wing from February 1975 to September 2005 when the aircraft was reassigned to the Air Force Reserve Command at Scott AFB, Illinois. This aircraft served the administrations of Presidents Ford, Carter, Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Clinton, and George W. Bush. Over that time the wing flew thousands of missions. The VC-9 was one of the wing's busiest airframes and flew mostly short domestic, North, Central and South American missions, however the aircraft did cross the Atlantic and flew missions throughout Europe and to Moscow, Russia. Most missions were considered to be routine, and not highlighted in the historical records. However, VC-9C aircraft tail number 73-1681 saw use by:
• Presidents Ronald Reagan and President Clinton.
• Vice- Presidents Walter Mondale, George H.W. Bush, Dan Quayle, Albert Gore, and Dick Cheney.
• First Ladies Rosalynn Carter, Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush, Hillary Clinton, and Laura Bush.
• Cabinet Members and dignitaries, both domestic and foreign.
Presidential Air Force One at Castle Air Museum | December 31, 2013 - Courtesy of ValleyPBS
Presidential Air Force One Plane on Display in Atwater | December 30, 2013 - Courtesy of ABC30
VC-9C Arrives at Castle | October 21, 2013 - Courtesy of Bruce Anderson
Retired Air Force One Lands in Atwater | October 17, 2013 - Courtesy of CBS47
Retired Air Force One Lands in Atwater | October 17, 2013 - Courtesy of KSEE24