Archive for December, 2010

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

Friday, December 10th, 2010

Harry's Girls and Auxillary after a night of decorating

We have the most amazing volunteer group, Harry’s Girls and Auxillary.  Not only do they volunteer their time and talents for all of our special events but they help us procure items for our collections, furniture and house restoration and at this time of year, decorating the house for the holidays. Decorating a historic house is no small task.  Harry’s Girls spends two days puffing and fluffing ribbons and bows,  magnificent silk flowers and decorating two trees with delicate ornaments from the 1940’s. The house looks amazing and we cannot thank enough the wonderful women (and men) of Harry’s Girls.

Presidential Planes

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Air Force one

On this day back in 1969, the Boeing 747 made its debut.  Probably the most famous 747 in the world is Air Force One.  There are two 747’s (or VC-25 as the Air Force calls them) in service.  Actually any fixed wing aircraft carrying the President of the United States is called Air Force One, regardless of the make and model.  When traveling by helicopter, the president travels on Marine One, as the US Marine Corps oversees the fleet of choppers.

Theodore Roosevelt was the first president to use an airplane for travel.  His cousin Franklin Roosevelt was the first president to have a military plane designated for his use when the Army Air Corps became concerned about the security of the president on commercial flights.  President Truman used a C-54 Skymaster named Sacred Cow as his presidential plane.  Sacred Cow had first used by Roosevelt  during the Yalta Conference in 1945.  Truman replaced Sacred Cow in 1947 with a C-118 Liftmaster named Independence, after his hometown in Missouri. The  Independence was also the first presidential plane with distinctive markings painted on it with a bald eagle on the nose.   The term Air Force One was first used in 1953 with President Eisenhower when the plane transporting the president had the same call sign as an Easter Airlines commercial flight while both were using the same airspace. Eisenhower used Lockheed Constallations (C-121) named Columbine I and Columbine II after the state flower of Colorado, which was his wife Mamie’s adopted home state.  Eisenhower was the first president to use jet aircraft, with the addition of a Boeing 707 (VC-137) to the fleet in 1958.  Kennedy also used a modified long haul 707 Stratoliner during his presidency which remained in service until 1998.  In 1990 President George H. W.  Bush took of possession of the first 747 Air Force One in 1990.

Sacred Cow

Independence

Coumbine II

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