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Lockheed VC-140B JetStar

DAYTON, Ohio -- Lockheed VC-140B Jetstar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Lockheed VC-140B Jetstar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Lockheed VC-140B Jetstar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Lockheed VC-140B Jetstar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- The Lockheed VC-140B JetStar being towed to the fourth building at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- The Lockheed VC-140B JetStar being towed to the fourth building at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- The Lockheed VC-140B JetStar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- The Lockheed VC-140B JetStar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- The Lockheed VC-140B JetStar being towed into the fourth building at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- The Lockheed VC-140B JetStar being towed into the fourth building at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- The Lockheed VC-140B JetStar being towed into the fourth building at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- The Lockheed VC-140B JetStar being towed into the fourth building at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- The Gulfstream Aerospace C-20B(left) and the Lockheed VC-140B JetStar(right) at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Don Popp)

DAYTON, Ohio -- The Gulfstream Aerospace C-20B(left) and the Lockheed VC-140B JetStar(right) at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Don Popp)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Lockheed VC-140B JetStar in the Presidential Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Lockheed VC-140B JetStar in the Presidential Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Lockheed VC-140B JetStar in the Presidential Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Lockheed VC-140B JetStar in the Presidential Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Lockheed VC-140B cockpit at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Lockheed VC-140B cockpit at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

A U.S. Air Force VC-140B waits on the tarmac at President Lyndon B. Johnson’s family ranch near Stonewall, Texas, in June 1967. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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A U.S. Air Force VC-140B waits on the tarmac at President Lyndon B. Johnson’s family ranch near Stonewall, Texas, in June 1967. (U.S. Air Force photo)


In 1961, the U.S. Air Force acquired six Lockheed VC-140B JetStars to transport the President of the United States, high-ranking government officials and other heads of state. The VC-140B is the military version of the famous Lockheed Model 1329 business jet, the first business jet produced in quantity for the civilian market. Assigned to Andrews AFB, Md., these JetStars could operate from runways too small for larger USAF jet transports.

The VC-140B provided fast and economical travel for several US presidents. Whenever the president was aboard, it flew under the radio call sign Air Force One. Lyndon B. Johnson used JetStars extensively during his time both as vice president and president, and because of the aircraft’s small size, he sometimes referred to them as “Air Force One Half.” The aircraft on display carried Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan a number of times, although it never served as the primary presidential aircraft. After 26 years of service, this JetStar was retired to the museum in July 1987.

TECHNICAL NOTES:
Crew: Four (plus 8 passengers)
Engines: Four Pratt & Whitney J60 turbojets of 3,000 lbs. thrust each
Maximum speed: 598 mph
Range: 2,200 miles
Ceiling: 45,000 feet
Weight: 41,000 lbs. (loaded)

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