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"Columbine II" is the 2nd connie used by president Dwight D. Eisenhower.Replacing "Columbine I"(48-8614) when he became president with this one (48-8610) because it had a perfect service record.This airplane was also the 1st "Air Force One",in 1952,on a trip to Florida under call sign "Air force 610" it entered the same airspace as Eastern Air Line flight number "610",wich lead to some confusion between the two aircrafts and air traffic control.From that day on,it was decided that any Air Force airplane with the president on board would use the call sign "Air Force One".Another interresting fact is that this is also the only presidential plane,that is privatly owned and not preserved in a museum. To me this is also the most beautiful prop driven airliner ever built,so graceful!

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"Columbine II" is the 2nd connie used by president Dwight D. Eisenhower.Replacing "Columbine I"(48-8614) when he became president with this one (48-8610) because it had a perfect service record.This airplane was also the 1st "Air Force One",in 1952,on a trip to Florida under call sign "Air force 610" it entered the same airspace as Eastern Air Line flight number "610",wich lead to some confusion between the two aircrafts and air traffic control.From that day on,it was decided that any Air Force airplane with the president on board would use the call sign "Air Force One".Another interresting fact is that this is also the only presidential plane,that is privatly owned and not preserved in a museum. To me this is also the most beautiful prop driven airliner ever built,so graceful!

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Gary Schenauer

Absolutely correct! There is not now, and has never been, a more distinctively beautiful prop airliner. "Graceful" is exactly the right word. The only possible "flaw" in the Connie's wonderful silhouette is the exceedingly long nose wheel assembly, which (because of her long, slender nose) seems to be disproportionate in size. But even that is not really a flaw; I prefer to think that it (the long nosewheel assembly) distinguishes her from all others just as much as her tri tail assembly. I've never been on one, and it is the one dream I know will never be fulfilled: to see (in person) the cabin and cockpit of this most luxurious lady. (And, while I'm here, I found the info concerning the history of this plane - and of the designation "AF One"- to be quite interesting: I enjoy learning such facts.) Much Thanks for a SUPERB photo and great info. :-) ~ Gary Schenauer ~