Posted by: Waheeda Harris | November 11, 2010

Rock’n’roll travel – the only way to fly

A multi-millionaire, Elvis Presley had all the trappings of the luxury lifestyle – a mansion, a huge entourage, a fleet of cars and two airplanes. 

He knew how to travel – not relying on commercial schedules.

The smaller plane was a six seater JetStar and the bigger plane was named the Lisa Marie after his daughter and was a Convair 880 jet, taken out of service by Delta Airlines.

When you go to Graceland, you can visit the planes and fleet of cars, before spending time in the gift shop. The Lisa Marie plane was my favourite, which had been renovated by Elvis Presley for a cool sum of US$600,000, and was first flown with Elvis and entourage in 1975.

Elvis gave his manager, Col. Tom Parker a plane too, but he refused the gift, saying he didn’t need the plane nor wanted to pay for the upkeep.

The jet plane could seat 29 people, but mainly flew with 10-12 people. It featured a bedroom with queen-size bed, an executive bathroom with gold faucets and a sink, and was designed by the same team who had worked on Air Force One for the US President.

The plane also featured a stereo system with 52 speakers, a video system that linked two four televisions and a conference room.

The plane was sold after Presley’s death, but bought back by the estate and parked at Graceland, as part of the permanent collection of Elvis Presley memorabilia.

So when I become a rock’n’roll star, I’ll need a plane – with a circular bed in the back.

For more information: Graceland

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