Loading 1950 Lincoln Continental Presidential Limousine into Cargo Hold of C-130 Hercules Transport Plane, circa 1960

Summary

Around 1960, the United States Secret Service began using one of Lockheed's versatile C-130 Hercules transport aircraft to carry presidential vehicles. This was faster and more direct than shipping state cars ahead of the President via rail car or boat -- though loading lengthy automobiles into the plane's cargo compartment was a persistent challenge.

Around 1960, the United States Secret Service began using one of Lockheed's versatile C-130 Hercules transport aircraft to carry presidential vehicles. This was faster and more direct than shipping state cars ahead of the President via rail car or boat -- though loading lengthy automobiles into the plane's cargo compartment was a persistent challenge.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Gelatin silver process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 8.625 in

Width: 10.938 in

Inscriptions

Typed caption affixed to back: This is the 1950 Lincoln Bubble top. This is a good example of how long the car is and the problems they were facing to make sure the rear of the car did not drag or hit the ground.

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