Just when you thought you'd got rid of me.....!
I've been meaning to do this flight for a while and now my tour is over i could sit back and get on with it. It's just a little piece of aviation history that goes alongside my favourite singer and the Worlds first and (i think) greatest Superstar!
Anyhoooow, in 1975 Elvis Presley purchased a Convair 880 from Delta Airlines which he then sent to Dallas to be customised and re-fitted with sleeping quarters,conference table,lounge area,two lavatories and a well stocked galley and bar. It could carry a maximum of 29 people but normally there were only 8-10 on board. After it was finished it he called it the "Lisa Marie" after his only daughter.
The flight crew were Pilot Ron Strauss, Co-Pilot Elwood David and Flight Engineer Jim Manney, who were on call 24 hours a day, the call sign for the aircraft was "Hound Dog One".
The flight crew recall many tales where Elvis would always go to the flight deck to say hello to them, one where they flew to Vail Colorado to buy 5 Cadillacs for his Memphis Mafia but one wanted a pick up so he bought 4 caddys and a pick up for them. Many times the crew were allowed to bring their wives along but on one occassion on a flight to Honolulu they were told the aircraft would be full so they could'nt come. But come take off there had been a mistake and there would have been room for the crew's wives. So Elvis went up front and apologised to the crew and booked their spouses on the first plane out of Memphis to Honolulu First Class, when Ron Strauss said to Elvis he did'nt have to do that he replied with a smile "oh yes i do or i'll find myself another pilot".
This aircraft is now on display at Graceland in Memphis and has been since 1984 (i've really got to get there
There is only one flight i could have made in this aircraft so here are the pics of the "Lisa Marie- Callsign Hound Dog One" from Memphis to Vegas
The King is dead long live the King