Unfortunately, the title does not refer to the famous highly modified Boeing 747s (designated VC-25 by the U.S. Air Force) that is used by President Obama as these planes have undergone many upgrades, and will probably serve the U.S. Administration for a long time before being retired and replaced.
Nevertheless, if you have 50,000 USD in your pocket you may buy a plane, that used Air Force One and Air Force Two callsigns.
The auction is to start on May 15.
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What plane are we talking about?
The VC-9C with N681AL registration, flying in the 89th Airlift Wing from February 1975 until September 2005.
Why use DC-9 when you have the 747? Well it was the short runways that 747 could not land on that were the reason for using the former.
When it comes to the Air Force One callsign, in fact any airplane the president is aboard takes over this name.
The media professionals did not like the DC-9 at all, due to the uncomfortable seats. They were nowhere near as comfortable, and the journalist cabin was not as spacious as in the original 747.
If you plan to buy a plane and inspect it before bidding you can leave 50,000 USD deposit and go to the Phoenix/Mesa Gateway.
If you do not have sufficient funds, you may buy something cheaper, e.g. 1983 Cessna 182 Skylane, with an entry price of $100. All auctions are available at the General Services Administration website.
Jacek Siminski for TheAviationist
That’s not AF1.
It is AF1. It’s not the 747.
Will China buy it?
Only if it comes with a full tank of gas.