Bush library wants the plane and the locomotive

Air Force One (file) and the Union Pacific No. 4141 George Bush Locomotive (UP photo).
Air Force One (file) and the Union Pacific No. 4141 George Bush Locomotive (UP photo).(KWTX)
Published: Apr. 9, 2019 at 12:07 PM CDT
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The George and Barbara Bush Foundation wants both a locomotive and a plane to exhibit at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, but not just any locomotive and not just any plane.

The foundation is requesting that an Air Force One plane that is set for retirement in 2025 be provided for permanent display at the library and it’s also wants to exhibit the Union Pacific No. 4141 George Bush Locomotive whose custom paint job incorporates the colors of the Air Force one used during the Bush presidency.

If the request for the plane is approved, the Boeing VC-25A would be on permanent loan from the Air Force to the library and museum.

Jim McGrath, vice president of the foundation, says Bush "loved the plane," and that he was the first U.S. president to fly in it in 1990.

Foundation president David Jones says Bush was "very excited" at the idea of displaying Air Force One on library grounds.

Once declassified, the plane could be on show at the museum as soon as 2026.

The 4141 locomotive could arrive by year’s end, KBTX-TV in Bryan reports.

“We have some bold plans, some things that we’d like to do over the next three to five years that we think will make the library even more attractive as a visitor destination,” said David Jones, chief executive officer of the George and Barbara Bush Foundation.

Union Pacific unveiled the locomotive on Oct. 18, 2005 during a ceremony near the library and museum.

Since then the locomotive has delivered to shipments to all 23 state Union Pacific serves.

The locomotive pulled the late president’s funeral car from Houston to College Station after Bush died on Nov. 30, 2018 at the age of 94.

The SD70ACe locomotive measures 15 feet 11 inches tall and weighs 420,000 pounds with a full tank of diesel fuel, UP says.

The UP No. 4141 is equipped with a 4,300 horsepower engine and can travel up to 70 miles per hour, UP says.