If you’re a diehard Elvis Presley fan, you’ll know all about the ‘Lisa Marie’, the fancy jet that he bought back in 1975.
But, if you didn’t know The King had another plane to his name, then shame on you. Then again, when you look at what it looks like now, I shouldn’t be too quick to be harsh on you.
After all, the plane hardly looks capable of flying, let alone be worthy enough to fly around a rock and roll legend like Presley.
Here’s that second plane in a state of disrepair:
It’s called the Lockheed Jetstar, and it’s seen better years, if not days.
According to Jalopnik, the 1962 aircraft was the real deal back in its heyday:
In operable condition, the Jetstar is a sexy little sky-slicer. The smooth, simple lines give it a classy look and its small dual-side engine nacelles add some weird futurism that’s still distinctive 50 years after the things were new.
The “sexy little sky-slicer” was also many VIPs’ first choice in air travel:
In their heyday, Jetstars were hauling VIPs all over the world at 500 mph [804 kmh]. [Presley] actually owned two, the other is permanently parked at Graceland. Frank Sinatra apparently had one, too. President Lyndon Johnson rode in one. NASA, the U.S. Air Force and the governments of several other countries operated these planes as well. Some were even used in military capacities while the U.S. was embattled in Vietnam.
That’s some classy clientele.
Fast-forward 50 years, however, and Presley’s little Jetstar looks less like a glamorous getaway jet, and more like a war-torn battle plane, after spending 36 of those years rotting on a random runway in Roswell, New Mexico:
The Jetstar reportedly lacks any engines, so don’t even bother trying to get this derelict number off the ground.
If you thought the exterior was rough, the interior is just as nightmarish:
Ancient red velvet and gold-tone interior? Not a good look, sorry ’bout it.
Overall, the Jetstar is a just a heap of junk – and it could be yours.
Online auction site IronPlanet announced this week that the plane has returned the market after its current owner bought it last year for over R5,8 million.
The site is currently accepting online bids for The King’s plane until July 27.
So, Elvis fans, would you be willing to splash out a huge chunk of moolah for this piece of history?
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