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Confirmed : Elvis' planes staying put at Graceland


By: Elvis Australia
Source: www.elvis.com.au
April 30, 2015
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Elvis Presley's jet-airplanes, 'The Lisa Marie' and 'Hound Dog II', will remain permanent fixtures at Graceland. EPE issued a statement on Sunday confirming the news after 10 months of public wrangling over a new payment deal with the planes owners, triggering an uproar among loyal Elvis fans worldwide. 'Graceland is pleased that an agreement has been reached for Elvis' two airplanes, the Lisa Marie and Hound Dog II, to remain at Elvis Presley's Graceland in Memphis permanently', the estate said in a statement.

The Lisa Marie, a vintage Convair 880 airliner, and Hound Dog II, a Lockheed JetStar executive jet, have been on display at Elvis' Graceland estate in Memphis, Tennessee since 1984, however over the past 10 months their fate had been literally up in the air with both planes being put on sale by their owners, an action probably more to do with 'negotiations' than actually wanting to sell.

After changing hands following Elvis' death in 1977, the planes ended up in the care of OKC Partnership, who agreed in the mid-Eighties to display the planes at Graceland in exchange for a cut of ticket sales. But the situation became complicated in April 2014, when Elvis Presley Enterprises sent a letter to OKC asking the company to 'make arrangements for the removal of the airplanes and the restoration of the site on or shortly after April 26, 2015'. (Again probably more to do with negotiations than wanting the panes moved).

This month, OKC received approval from the Shelby County land use board and Memphis City Council to move the planes to a nearby lot, where they'd be displayed outdoors as a tourist museum. This seems to have been the final move in a game of dare by the two parties, with the news of a settlement following hot on the heels of the approval councils.

OKC Partnership declined an immediate comment however Lisa Marie Presley has confirmed the news - and also appears to have announced that EPE have purchased the planes) on her Twitter account: 'Exciting news:I wanted 2 b the first to tell U: The Planes will remain at Graceland 4 ever!' she wrote. 'We own them and have fun plans 4 them as well :)'

The back-story

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Elvis Presley News Graceland tells Lisa Marie to get lost

The planes

Articles about Elvis Presley The Lisa Marie : Convair 880 Jet

On April 17, 1975 Elvis bought a Convair 880 Jet, recently taken out of service by Delta Airlines, for the then-substantial sum of $250,000. After refurbishing, the total exceeded $600,000. He immediately rechristened it the Lisa Marie. Read the full article (with pictures).

The Lisa Marie : Convair 880 Jet.

Articles about Elvis Presley Elvis Presley' JetStar Airplane

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