April 17, 1975 - Elvis Presley bought a Convair 800 jet that had been taken out of service by Delta Airlines. for $250,000. He named the plane "Lisa Marie."
By April 2015, the planes named Lisa Marie and Hound Dog II will be gone.
For 30 years, tourists from around the world have paid to get a look at two airplanes once owned by Elvis Presley at Graceland in Memphis. Fans enjoy touring the planes for their direct connection to Presley and his jet-setting lifestyle, a sort of touchstone to the life of the King of Rock n Roll and his family.
Elvis Presley Enterprises, which operates the Graceland tourist attraction, has written to the planes' owners saying they should prepare to remove the jets from Graceland by next spring.
The planes have been a major tourist attraction since the mid-1980s. They had been sold after Presley's death, and were eventually purchased by OKC Partnership in Memphis.
OKC Partnership and Graceland agreed to bring the two jets to Graceland. The agreement called for OKC Partnership to receive a cut of ticket sales in return for keeping the planes there.
In an April 7 letter to OKC Partnership's K.G. Coker, Elvis Presley Enterprises CEO Jack Soden says the company is exercising its option to end the agreement and asks Coker "to make arrangements for the removal of the airplanes and the restoration of the site on or shortly after April 26, 2015."
Elvis Presley's Convair 800 Jet "Lisa Marie" before it become a tourist attraction
Elvis took great pleasure to check on progress as the interior of the plane was refurbished to his very specific design requirements. Elvis wanted a seating area, a conference room, and private bedroom on the plane with space for an in-flight reading library. He picked fabrics, decided on color schemes, chose the on-board audio-visual system, and even selected the gold fixtures in the bathrooms.
The Lisa Marie was customized with plush sleeping quarters, a penthouse bedroom with a custom-made queen size bed, an executive bathroom with gold faucets and a gold washbasin, a videotape system linked to four TVs and a stereo system with fifty-two speakers, and a conference room finished in teak.
It could hold a maximum of 29 people, usually there would be about eight or ten that travel with Elvis. When the final paint job was applied to the exterior, there was a prominent 'TCB' logo on the tail.sa Marie 1975
Elvis Helicopter Elvis Bush Fire Fighter Helitanker
Elvis is the nickname of an Erickson S-64 Air-Crane Helitanker
(N179AC) has gained fame in Australia as a highly valuable bushfire fighting tool
The helicopter, which can hold 9,500 litres of water or foam mix, has been brought out by the Victorian Government from the USA for each fire season since 2001-2002. The aircraft obtained its nickname due to time that it spent working for the United States National Guard in Memphis, where singer Elvis Presley lived for most of his life.
Erickson Air-Crane helitankers were first brought out to Victoria in December 1997. The first one, dubbed by locals as "Eric the Water Bomber" (N223AC), was used to fight a fire in Frankston and the Caledonia fire in the Alpine National Park, and was brought out again for subsequent fire seasons up to 2000-2001
On December 27, 2001 "Elvis", which had arrived in Melbourne, was immediately deployed to Bankstown, New South Wales to help with fire fighting efforts in the Sydney regionand was lauded for its role in helping to save almost 300 homes. It was also credited with helping save the lives of 14 firemen in the Burragorang Valley in New South Wales.
Elvis Bushfire Helicopter to the Rescue