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A tour through Gen. MacArthurs old ride... (history and airplane photos)

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Here is a set of photos that are some of my favorites... plus I am playing with some free editing software, so lets go on a tour of one of my FAVORITE airplanes.

Welcome to the front office of Battan, what was once General Douglas MacArthurs personal ride. And afterwards, Air Force one and Two for a while, and it retired as a radio relay aircraft over the Pacific for Apollo 11. There is only one addition to the current cockpit that wasn't originally operational in 1969, you should be able to spot it.

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Radio Operator and Radar Operators station, all original equipment, as it was used back in the 1950s.

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The galley, which usually isn't noteworthy on most aircraft, but on this one, it is. Quite possibly, many of my childhood heroes had a fried egg or coffee from this galley.

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The military and their naming conventions. Even the coffee pot has a number! CUP, FOOD, WARMING, ELECTRICALLY HEATED, AIRCRAFT... Jeez.

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Now to the cabin. Note the fold down bunks above

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View back forward, note the radio operators station. The press corps, or military staff would be seated here on the glorious green chairs, probably in a cloud of smoke.

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Reaching the end of our time travel... the entrance.

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The exit, and our illustrious tour guide who did a GREAT job!

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