Former Air Force One to stay at WPAFB

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Air Force One will stay at the Air Force Museum at Wright Patterson Air Force Base

The U.S. Air Force intends to permanently house SAM 26000, which formerly served as Air Force One for multiple presidents, at the National Museum of the United States Air Force.

The LBJ Presidential Library had wanted to move the aircraft to the library’s Austin, Texas location.

In letters to U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Congressman Mike Turner, U.S. Air Force officials wrote, “On behalf of the Secretary of the Air Force, we want to reassure you that the United States Air Force plans to permanently house SAM 26000 at the National Museum of the United States Air Force.”

“I applaud the Air Force’s assurance to permanently house this fixture of history at the National Museum of the United State Air Force,” said Portman. “Keeping this aircraft in Dayton will ensure it continues to be exposed to the greatest number of visitors as part of the museum’s renowned Presidential Aircraft Gallery.””The Air Force museum in Dayton is a national treasure and our community appreciates the Air Force recognizing that President Johnson’s Air Force One rightly belongs among the historical collection displayed there,” said Congressman Turner.

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