Phoenix-Mesa airport holds Air Force Two up for auction - New York News

Phoenix-Mesa airport holds Air Force Two up for auction

Posted: Updated:
MESA, Ariz. -

A piece of presidential history is up for bid right here in the valley.

A DC-9 jet once used to carry presidents, vice presidents and heads of state is up for grabs.

There are two of those DC-9s at the Mesa-Phoenix Gateway Airport.  One will be heading to a museum in Oregon.  Bidding on the other one begins at $50,000 -- and the airplane most recently flew President Bill Clinton.

If you don't look closely, you might miss a piece of history sitting idle on the tarmac.

Matt Nebgen is the manager of Gateway Aviation Services.  They take care of the two former presidential planes.

"It's pretty interesting when you can actually say yeah that plane carried the president of the United States or the vice president of the United States," he said.

Nebgen says the two DC-9s have been stored at the airport for about a year and a half.

"Our primary business is putting planes in the air, not really storage.. when you have a visitor like that, you're going to be cooperative," he said.

But now you have a chance to own your very own piece of history.  The State Department is auctioning off one of the planes that serviced as part of the president's fleet of jets from 1975 - 2005.

Bids starting at $50,000, but those we talked to at the airport are not so sure they're ready to make the investment.

"For me, no.  But for others, I think that's a good deal for a plane," said Kristina Hines.

"You might buy it for $50,000, but what does it cost to fuel it, put a pilot in it and get it here, there and everywhere.. that would be a little bit too much," added Gary Seliski.

Whoever the new owner will be -- will surely enjoy its rich history, but folks at the airport say they'll miss having the planes that have created such a buzz.

"It's always enjoyable to be around unique aircrafts that have interesting histories to them," said Nebgen.

We are told the planes are fully operational.  Although the bidding begins at $50,000, it will be interesting to see just how much the plane goes for.

The auction takes place May 15th.

Former Presidential Aircraft Auction
May 15
Phoenix-Gateway Airport
6033 S. Sossaman Rd.
Mesa, AZ 85212
GSAauctions.gov


  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Camilla's brother dies in New York after head injury

    Camilla's brother dies in New York after head injury

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 11:04 PM EDT2014-04-24 03:04:50 GMT
    The brother-in-law of the Prince of Wales died Wednesday after falling outside a hotel bar and suffering a head injury, police said. Mark Shand, the brother of Prince Charles' wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, was in New York for a charity auction at Sotheby's.
    The brother-in-law of the Prince of Wales died Wednesday after falling outside a hotel bar and suffering a head injury, police said. Mark Shand, the brother of Prince Charles' wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, was in New York for a charity auction at Sotheby's.
  • Deep split in Port Authority over unfinished WTC tower

    Deep split in Port Authority over unfinished WTC tower

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 9:03 PM EDT2014-04-24 01:03:40 GMT
    Board members of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey revealed a deep split Wednesday over the agency's role in effecting the completion of the long-delayed 3 World Trade Center project, with some commissioners lauding the effort and others expressing grave concerns. The discussion at the monthly board meeting offered a rare glimpse into the negotiations that have been going on behind the scenes in recent months.
    Board members of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey revealed a deep split Wednesday over the agency's role in effecting the completion of the long-delayed 3 World Trade Center project, with some commissioners lauding the effort and others expressing grave concerns. The discussion at the monthly board meeting offered a rare glimpse into the negotiations that have been going on behind the scenes in recent months.
  • God's Love We Deliver virtual bake sale for birthday cakes

    God's Love We Deliver virtual bake sale for birthday cakes

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 6:36 PM EDT2014-04-23 22:36:46 GMT
    God's Love We Deliver provides meals to people in the New York City area who are too sick to shop and cook for themselves. Clients also receive birthday cards that are decorated by local school students. Sometimes a cake is the only birthday gift that God's Love's clients will receive.
    God's Love We Deliver provides meals to people in the New York City area who are too sick to shop and cook for themselves. Clients also receive birthday cards that are decorated by local school students. Sometimes a cake is the only birthday gift that God's Love's clients will receive.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices