ATWATER — Close to 300 people welcomed the Castle Air Museum's newest airplane, a Douglas VC-9 that flew presidents, vice presidents and first ladies for 30 years, as it touched down at Castle Airport early Wednesday afternoon.
The air museum's chief executive officer, Joe Pruzzo, spoke just after the gleaming blue, white and chrome-adorned plane circled the runway then landed in front of the crowd just after 1 p.m.
"This is a great day, not only for the air museum but also for Merced, Atwater, Merced County and the state of California," Pruzzo said. Arrival of the plane triggers a drive to raise about $10 million to construct a building to house about two dozen of the museum's vintage military aircraft.
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