DALLAS, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – The jet that became Air Force One after Lyndon B. Johnson took the oath of office following the assassination of President Kennedy in Dallas is at the center of brewing battle between states of Ohio and Texas.
The LBJ Foundation has raised millions of dollars to build a pavilion by the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin to eventually host the iconic Boeing VC-137C aircraft (civilian designation 707-320B), but there’s a hitch…the plane has been displayed at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio since 1998, and in a promotional film call the popularly known “SAM 26000” their ‘most important artifact’.
Members of the Buckeye states’ congressional delegation want to make sure that happens. Congressman Michael Turner (R-OH) of Dayton andU.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) have written to the U.S. Air Force Secretary opposing the move.
As well as serving LBJ, the aircraft provided 36 years of service and accumulated more than 13,000 flying hours.
According to the Air Force Museum website another other notable trip happened in October 1981 when the aircraft flew Presidents Nixon, Ford and Carter, and former Secretary of State Dr. Kissinger to the funeral of slain Egyptian president Anwar Sadat.
The USAF retired “SAM 26000” at the Dayton, Ohio based museum in May 1998.
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