John F. Kennedy’s VC-137C ‘SAM 26000’ - known by its call sign ‘Air Force One’ - was the first official presidential aircraft in U.S. history, and its now iconic livery was designed by JFK and French designer Raymond Loewy. Kennedy saw Air Force One as an important part of his administration’s brand, and attended to many details, including the exclusive ‘Aboard the Presidential Aircraft’ matchbooks (LEFT) that were only available on his aircraft. These matchbooks were aboard during his flight to Dallas, Texas on November 22nd, 1963. Several original boxes were obtained by the National Museum of the United States Air Force in 2019 and were acquired by Ron Cole in 2021.
These matchbooks were of the highest quality, true to the Kennedy tradition, with gold high relief text and the presidential seal on the reverse. Each is attached to the display so as to be removable, and not damage the matchbook itself.
Signed & numbered by the artist. 13 x 19-inches framed and ready to hang.
One of the rarest and most historically important displays ever released by Cole's Aircraft - Original un-doped linen from the Wright 1903 Flyer (also known as Flyer I) that first...
The SR-71 Blackbird entered service with the United States Air Force in 1964 and began development in 1958. It remains the fastest aircraft ever built. Over 90% of the SR-71...
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