Pictured outside the main USAF museum building, Columbine III was US President Dwight D. Eisenhower's personal aircraft from 1954 until leaving office in 1961. Ordered by the US Navy as bu 131650, it left the factory as the sole USAF VC-131E. Continuing non-presidential VIP transport duties after replacement by a new VC-137, the aircraft was retired in 1966 and ferried to Wright-Patterson AFB for the United States Air Force Museum.
Initially built for Pan American in 1947 as N86520; Later sold to Air France as F-BAZR which used it in the Fifties. Finaly used as flying test bed for Bastan trurboprop engine. Wfu in 1975 and preserved in Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace.