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President Harry Truman’s airplane at Z. Smith Reynolds Airport

President Harry Truman's airplane at Z. Smith Reynolds Airport

United States President Harry Truman’s Air Force airplane on the tarmac at Z. Smith Reynolds Airport, with crowd of onlookers and welcoming committee. Truman was arriving for the Wake Forest College groundbreaking, 1951.

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  1. What was the name of Harry Truman’s airplane?

  2. Harry Truman had a presidential airplane called the Independence (possibly a reference to Truman’s hometown of Independence, MO), which was a modified C-118 Liftmaster. I’m not sure whether the airplane in the photograph is actually the Independence, though.

  3. I also do not know if the aircraft pictured is the Independence or not. I do know that it is NOT a C-118 (or DC-6) It is a Constellation. The 2 look nothing alike.

  4. The Aircraft pictured with triple tail is a Connie. The Independence is a C-118 and I think it is at Wright Patterson in the Museum.

  5. The plane that Truman flew in was a DC 6. My father worked for Douglas Aircraft. He helped remove the uppostery that was in the plane after Truman left office. He took home the scraps of materical my mother made them into a hook rug.

  6. My wife has presidential playing cards from trumans plane as her uncle was onboard the plane at boeing field in washington dc.

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