Auction begins for former presidential jet

MESA, AZ - An auction for an airplane that was once part of the presidential fleet is underway.

The U.S. General Services Administration says the blue-and-white DC-9 was part of the Air Force Two fleet and at one point may have served as Air Force One, a plane used by the president.

The plane is currently being stored at the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. Federal officials say serious buyers can schedule appointments to inspect the plane.

The starting bid in the auction that finishes May 30 will be $50,000.

GSA area property officer Randy Patterson says he's received dozens of inquiries. He says some want to put the plane back in the air while others seem to be more interested in its spare parts.

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