September 2, 2014
ATWATER, Calif. (AP) - A Northern California air museum is adding a high-profile plane to its collection: Air Force One.
The Merced Sun-Star reports that the Castle Air Museum in Atwater is adding a retired McDonnell Douglas VC-9C jet that carried presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton.
The aircraft was used to fly into small airfields that were not well suited for the larger jets used more often by the president.
Joe Pruzzo, the museum's chief executive officer, says the plane was part Oval Office and part war room, and will educate museum-goers about the president's role as commander in chief.
The Castle Air Museum currently has 56 aircraft on display, but will soon boast nearly 70 after Air Force One and other recent acquisitions are added.