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Gilmer aviation museum acquires second plane similar to Ike's "Little Air Force One"

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GILMER/UPSHUR COUNTY (KYTX) - The Aero Commander L-26C, an Air Force version of the Aero Commander, was used by President Dwight D. Eisenhower from 1956 to 1960. Besides the President and his family members; Vice- President Nixon; President Elect John F. Kennedy and Mrs. Kennedy; heads of state and dignitaries from foreign nations; and the reverend Billy Graham; all used the small transport, primarily for Presidential visits at Ike's Gettysburg retreat.

Now, the Flight of the Phoenix Aviation Museum in Gilmer has obtained a second Aero Commander plane for use in the museum, for private flights and for air shows.

To learn more about the aircraft, click here.

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