Photos: Elvis Presley' Lisa Marie Convair 880 Jet
On April 17, 1975 Elvis bought a Convair 880 Jet recently taken out of service by Delta Airlines for the then-substantial sum of $250,000. With complete refurbishing the total exceeded $600,000. He immediately rechristened it the Lisa Marie. But this wasn't just an impulse purchase of some sort of ultimate flying Cadillac.
Delta N8809E Parked in the freight area Kentucky International Kentucky, March 1967 awaiting replacement of the number two engine. Became Elvis Presley's Lisa Marie, N880EP.
N8809E Then a Delta Airlines Convair 880 landing at New York's JFK International Airport May 1970. This aircraft was purchased by Elvis Presley and became the Lisa Marie which is now on display at his home in Memphis.
Delta N8809E Then a Delta Airlines Convair 880 landing at Columbus 1972. This aircraft was purchased by Elvis Presley and became the Lisa Marie which is now on display at his home in Memphis.
The Lisa Marie - Cincinnati - Northern Kentucky International - March 1976
Carole Boutiller is in the doorway, Shirley Dieu is at the top of the sdtairsd and Priscilla is in the middle of the stairs
August 16, 1977 - The 'Lisa Marie' was dispatched to Los Angeles to pick up Priscilla. Also onboard were Priscilla's mother, father and sister, Michelle ; Joan Esposito, as well as Dr. Ellias Ghanem. When Linda arrived at the airport, Priscilla refused to travel with her so Linda accepted Jerry Schiling's commercial flight reservation and Jerry went to Memphis on the 'Lisa Marie'. Larry Geller and Ed Parker also flew to Memphis on commercial flights. Elvis' father, Vernon, sold the plane in 1978 and it changed hands a couple of times.
The Lisa Marie N880EP at Miami - International - Florida, 1979 When Graceland opened up to the public in 1982, EPE worked with the owners to try and bring the plane home to Memphis.
In 1984, the Lisa Marie was stationed at Graceland. It has remained as one of the compound's most popular attractions ever since, Morgan said in a phone interview from Memphis.
The Cockpit of the Lisa Marie on display at Graceland
Satellite view of the Lisa Marie and Hound Dog II - and Graceland
Inside Lisa Marie at the controls of Elvis Presley' Lisa Marie Convair 880 Jet
Elvis Presley' Lisa Marie Convair 880 Jet - Taking Off
The Lisa Marie at Memphis International Airport on November 12, 1975
Elvis Boarding and taking off in The Lisa Marie 1976-1977
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