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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 378-01
August 16, 2001

FORMER AIR FORCE ONE RETIRES TO REAGAN LIBRARY

The Secretary of the Air Force announced today that former Air Force One aircraft, C-137, 72-7000, will be retired to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., when the aircraft completes its service life at the end of September this year.

"We are extremely pleased with the vision set forth by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Foundation," said Secretary of the Air Force James G. Roche. "Not only do they have the commitment to preserve this significant piece of American history, but their proximity to the Los Angeles metropolitan area provides opportunities for millions of people to view this historic aircraft."

Air Force One, 72-7000, was President Ronald Reagan's aircraft during his entire 8-year term in office from 1981-1989.

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library will build a hangar to properly maintain and display the aircraft. They will also contract with Boeing to ensure Air Force One 72-7000, a Boeing 707, is properly maintained.

For more information, contact the Air Force Press Desk at (703) 697-3328 or the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library at (805) 522-2977.

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