53-7885 VC-121E U.S. Air Force

1954 Delivered to 1254th ATG
1954 Christened “Columbine III”
1961 Assigned to 1254th ATW Andrews
1969 Assigned to 89th MAW (SM) Andrews
1966 Stored Davis Monthan
1966 Retired at Dayton-Wright Patterson
today Exhibit in the Presidential Aircraft Hangar


Detail shot of the nose of 53-7885. Eisenhower named this aircraft, his third Constellation, Columbine III, after the official state flower of Colorado in honor of his wife Mamie. An adopted daughter of that state, Mrs. Eisenhower formally christened the Columbine III on Nov. 24, 1954, with a flask of water from Colorado instead of the traditional bottle of champagne.

Cockpit of 53-7885

Constellation Details:

Variant: VC-121E/1049B-55-97

Construction Number:4151
Registration Number:53-7885
Location: USA
Photographer / Collection: Zoggavia

Image Number: ZA46875

Photo Date: March 1956

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