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On April 17, 1975 Elvis bought a Convair 880 Jet, recently taken out of service by Delta Airlines, for the then-substantial sum of $250,000. After refurbishing, the total exceeded $600,000.

The plane was in a hangar at Meacham Field in Fort Worth, and for months Elvis took great pleasure in flying friends out to check on progress as the interior of the plane was refurbished to his very specific design requirements (he bought another plane to make those trips - a smaller Lockheed JetStar). Elvis wanted a seating area, a conference room, and a private bedroom on the plane (with space for an in-flight reading library). He picked fabrics, decided on color schemes, chose the on-board audio-visual system, and even Ok'd the gold fixtures in the bathrooms (he counted heavily on some aesthetic input from Pricilla too).

Elvis was especially excited about the fact that the same design team had previously customized AIRFORCE ONE. The craft slowly came together as an airworthy mix of modem function and Graceland elegance.

Close in size to a 707, the Lisa Marie was customized with plush sleeping quarters, a penthouse bedroom with a custom-made queen size bed, an executive bathroom with gold faucets and a gold washbasin, a videotape system linked to four TVs and a stereo system with fifty-two speakers, and a conference room finished in teak.

It could hold a maximum of 29 people, but usually there would be about eight or 10. When the final paint job was applied to the exterior, there was a prominent 'TCB' logo on the tail.

April 17, Elvis buys an ex Delta Airlines Convair 880 Jet for $250,000.

November 10, The Lisa Marie is delivered to Memphis late in the evening, joining the Jetstar

Above, The Lisa Marie, the newest craft in Elvis Presley's small air fleet, at Memphis International Airport on November 12, 1975, getting final touches before being put to use. Beside it is the JetStar.

November 27, Ron Strauss takes Elvis on his first real flight in The Lisa Marie, traveling Las Vegas.

August 7, Arrangements are made for Linda Thompson and her friend, Jeannie LeMay, to fly with Elvis' chow, Getlow to Boston, so that the dog can receive treatment for a kidney ailment.

When the dog is too ill to travel on to the West Boylston veterinary hospital where it is scheduled to be treated, the whole party remains at the Ritz for two days before continuing.

December 25, In the evening Elvis takes everyone up in The Lisa Marie.

Elwood David was the Captain and pilot of The Lisa Marie. Accompanying him in the cockpit was another pilot, Ron Strauss and a flight engineer, Jim Manny. Milo High was the pilot of Elvis' 'Hound Dog II' JetStar plane.

After Elvis' death, Captain Elwood David flew to California to pick up Elvis' ex-wife Pricilla Presley, Lisa Marie and the actor George Hamilton, a long-time friend of Elvis. He flew them back to California after the funeral, and, in what would be his last flight on the Lisa Marie, returned the plane to Memphis.

Elvis' father, Vernon, sold the plane in 1978 and it changed hands a couple of times. When Graceland opened up to the public in 1982, EPE worked with the owners to try and bring the plane home to Memphis. In 1984, the Lisa Marie was returned to Graceland. Both aircraft have remained as one of the most popular attractions ever since.

1960 Convair 880-22
38 N880EP

Accident / Incident Search: A total of 0 Accident(s) and 0 Incident(s) in public records for this aircraft
337 Reports: A total of 1 337 reported on PF Reports for this aircraft for repairs
AD's: A total of 22 Airframe AD's reported on PF Reports for this aircraft
Service Difficulty Report: 0 SDRs reported on PF Reports for this aircraft
N# History Data: 2 known registration number(s) have been registered to this aircraft
FAA Documents: Entire FAA Aircraft Document
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FAA 337

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    75-02-04   01/24/1975   Electrical Appurtenances  
  73-26-10   02/01/1974   Freon Pack Fuses
    73-12-08   06/12/1973   Flap Track Support Structure
  72-13-02   06/30/1972   Main Landing Gear Beams
    69-19-06   10/18/1969   Landing Gear Axle Beam
  65-02-01   02/04/1965   Engine Fuel Supply Tubes
    64-12-04   07/06/1964   Engine Start Valve Open Warning System
  64-05-03   03/23/1964   Aileron Trim Gearbox Assembly
    63-20-04   10/28/1963   Flap Actuator Screwjacks
  63-16-04   08/27/1963   Outboard Foreflaps
    62-21-02   10/25/1962   Rudder
  62-20-02   10/09/1962   Aileron Override Spring
    62-18-01   08/18/1962   Rudder Tab Balance Weights
  62-12-03   05/24/1962   Flap Carriage Support Fittings
    62-07-01   03/24/1962   Balance Board Trunnions
  61-25-02   12/29/1961   Engine Starter Warning Indicator
    61-22-04   11/21/1961   Cabin Pressurization Static System
  61-14-04   07/07/1961   Forward Rod End
    61-14-03   07/07/1961   Cartridge Assembly-Rudder Spring
  61-13-01   06/20/1961   AC Power Distribution Box
    61-10-02   05/11/1961   Engine Mount Support Fitting
  61-07-01   04/10/1961   Foreflaps


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Service Difficulties

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Ownership History

Registered Owner

County SHELBY Zip Code 38119


LM Corporation - Nashville, TN

International Airmotive Inc - Washington D.C.

Elvis A Presley - Memphis, TN

Delta Airlines Inc - Atlanta, GA

New at Factory - Convair

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Import/Export History

Aircraft has never been registered or exported outside of the United States.

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