Air Force One in Simi

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake It was the former president’s dream to one day share the aircraft with the American people, considered a symbol of democracy and freedom. Positioned in its exhibit as if in midflight, the plane was used mostly by Reagan, who logged more than 631,000 miles traveling to 26 foreign countries on more than 200 journeys during his two presidential terms. President George W. Bush, the last president to fly in the 707, and first lady Laura Bush attended a private dedication alongside former first lady Nancy Reagan and hundreds of invited guests. Since the pavilion’s opening, attendance at the presidential museum has increased from about 800 a day on weekdays to almost 1,150, and from an average of about 1,500 a day Saturdays and Sundays to nearly 2,300. Just after Reagan’s burial in June 2004, as many as 4,000 people a day visited the hilltop library, which opened in 1991. “It was a rewarding year for the Reagan Library,” said spokeswoman Melissa Giller. “After four years of preparing for the Air Force One Pavilion, having it open and having the public come out in high numbers to see it has made this a wonderful year. SIMI VALLEY – After ferrying seven U.S. presidents more than 1 million miles, the Boeing 707 better known as Air Force One went on permanent display at the Reagan Presidential Library this fall. The $32 million glass-wall pavilion opened to the public in October, featuring the gleaming blue-and-white aircraft, along with a Marine One helicopter and a presidential limousine. The retired jet, used by Reagan and six other U.S. presidents, was dismantled and trucked to the museum in the hills overlooking Simi Valley, then reassembled and restored to museum quality. Inside the plane, visitors can see Reagan’s flight jacket, handwritten letters and jars of the president’s favorite candy – jelly beans. “We’ve made one of his dreams a reality. We’re thrilled we can share with the public something he wanted to share.” The presidential plane, tail number 27000, is the centerpiece of the 87,000-square-foot building, which also includes a 120-foot mural depicting the history of the “Flying White House,” a pub Reagan visited in Ireland and a gift shop. — Angie Valencia-Martinez, (805) 583-7604 [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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