Lockheed C-130 Hercules, Prepared to Transport Presidential Vehicles, Andrews Air Force Base, 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.

Artifact

Photographic print

Subject Date

circa 1960

Creators

Unknown

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

2011.241.14.69

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Edward L. Gies in Memory of Morgan L. Gies.

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: A better view of the Lockheed Hercules C-130 cargo plane.

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