Near Stonewall in Gillespie County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
The Jet Age Arrives!
Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park
Lyndon Johnson was the first Vice President to have an aircraft assigned to him. His choice was the Lockheed JetStar C-140B (VC).
As President he continued to use the JetStar for travel to and from his ranch. He jokingly referred to the plane as Air Force One Half, although it did bear the call sign Air Force One.
Erected by National Park Service.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Air & Space. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #36 Lyndon B. Johnson series list. A significant historical month for this entry is October 1961.
Location. 30° 14.521′ N, 98° 37.515′ W. Marker is near Stonewall, Texas, in Gillespie County. Marker is on Malecek Road, 0.1 miles north of Park Road 49, on the right when traveling south. Marker is located at the Texas White House complex in Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Stonewall TX 78671, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. Aviation: Key to the Texas White House (here, next to this marker); Welcome to the Hangar (a few steps from this marker); Communicating with the World (within shouting distance of this marker); Lifetime of Service (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Friendship Stones (about 400 feet away); The Texas White House (about 400 feet away); A Grand Entrance (approx. 0.2 miles away); What is the President pointing to anyway? (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stonewall.
More about this marker. The marker includes a background image of crewman watching from the taxiway the takeoff of the JetStar from the LBJ Ranch in 1966. It also includes a diagram of the Lockheed JetStar VC-140 with specifications and performance data of the plane.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. This list consists of 26 wayside exhibits along the LBJ Ranch driving tour in Lyndon B. Johnson NHP. The markers are in order as you would encounter them on the driving tour.
Also see . . . Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park - Official Website. (Submitted on December 5, 2015.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 5, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 380 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 5, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.