It was recently announced that Lisa Marie Presley had died at the age of 54. The singer, who was the only child of Elvis Presley, went into cardiac arrest and was rushed to hospital for treatment. Her mother and Elvis’ ex-wife, Priscilla Presley, later confirmed that she had died. Lisa Marie was the apple of her father’s eye and Elvis would do anything for her. In November 1975, she granted his wish to see a real winter.
On April 17, 1975, Elvis bought his first airplane for the incredible sum of $250,000 (approximately $1.3 million today). The star purchased a Delta Airlines Convair 880 jet and gave it a complete makeover, including solid gold plating and velvet seats. He even named the plane after his daughter, calling it The Lisa Marie.
Elvis boarded his first flight on The Lisa Marie a few months later on November 27, 1975. He flew to Las Vegas for two weeks to perform concerts there every night.
Soon after, he brought Lisa Marie on the plane to create one of his best memories with her. Lisa Marie was only seven years old at the time and had spent most of her life at Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee. Because of this, she had only known the joys of hot weather and sweltering sun.
However, this meant that she was intrigued by the magical glow of the snow.
Elvis realized that his daughter had never experienced a true white winter, so he decided to grant her wish and change that. So Elvis put Lisa Marie on her newly bought jet, The Lisa Marie, and flew her to Denver, Colorado, where they had just experienced a snow storm.
The star and her little daughter played in the snow for hours, making memories she would never forget, and experiencing a true white winter for the first time.
Finally, when they were done playing, they boarded The Lisa Marie and headed back to Memphis.
The King of Rock and Roll was very casual about hopping on his plane and taking a trip to the snow-capped peaks of Colorado, but flying wasn’t always so easy.
Priscilla then told Larry King that the star was very afraid of flying. She revealed, “She was afraid of flying, and her mother didn’t want her to fly either. So she stopped for a while.”
Elvis finally overcame his phobia, but it is not known how. One story claims that shortly after his mother, Gladys Presley, died in 1958, he began to change his tune. (via Magic.co.nz)
Then, once he bought The Lisa Marie, he was very happy to be on the air. In fact, he spent $800,000 to remodel The Lisa Marie and included some extraordinary extras to make his life even more comfortable.
Elvis installed a series of bells and whistles at The Lisa Marie, including a penthouse room outfitted at the back of the plane with a custom-built queen-size bed. The room also featured an executive ensuite bathroom with gold plated sinks and faucets.
In addition, the king’s famous bouffant hairstyle could be shaped into his custom-made barber’s chair. The Lisa Marie’s tail was adorned with the American flag, as well as Elvis’s logo catchphrase: TCB lightning bold (Taking care of business in an instant).
Although The Lisa Marie was the King’s pride and joy, she purchased other aircraft before her death in 1977.
Elvis dreamed of having his own fleet of planes.
Over the years, he purchased five aircraft. The second plane he bought was a 1960 Lockheed Jetstar. He called it The Hound Dog II (after The Lisa Marie, which was also known as The Hound Dog I). The Hound Dog II is at Graceland and is still open for guided tours during the visit to this day.
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