Jul 17, 2013 11:27 AM by Elaine Sheridan

Piece of history decaying in Arizona sun

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP/NBC News) - The first plane to be designated as Air Force One is sitting in a field decaying, and some are hoping for someone to save it.

The aircraft now sits in a southern Arizona field that's part of Marana Regional Airport near Tucson, Arizona.

The plane that once spirited President Dwight D. Eisenhower on cross-country voyages is nearly forgotten on a 10-acre parcel, decaying under the relentless glare of the sun.
Efforts to sell the aircraft at auction were unsuccessful and it was parked at the Marana airport in 2005 in a lease agreement.

The aircraft has no hangar to shelter it from the sun's rays, which are gradually breaking down the aircraft.The Arizona Daily Star says a New Mexico man now owns the plane.
A contractor who serves as the aircraft's caretaker is looking for a museum willing to take it and restore it.


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