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Airmen Restore Aircraft Used by Elvis Presley

June 22, 2011

Airmen at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey are restoring a historic aircraft once used by Elvis Presley. For decades, the C-118 Liftmaster stood on display near the passenger terminal at the military installation. In October 2009, the deteriorating aircraft was towed to a maintenance hangar so Airmen could restore it to its former glory.

After serving a tour in Germany, Army Sgt. Elvis Presley returned to the United States aboard the aircraft, amid much fanfare, 51 years ago. It's a piece of history that many service members can appreciate.

"I'm from Memphis," says Airman First Class Marco Andrade. "Everything there is about Elvis."

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