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Bidding opens on former presidential-fleet jet stored in Mesa

MESA, Ariz. -- An auction for an airplane that was once part of the presidential fleet is underway.

The U.S. General Services Administration said the blue-and-white DC-9 was part of the Air Force Two fleet and at one point may have served as Air Force One, a plane used by the president.

The plane is being stored at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. Federal officials said serious buyers can schedule appointments to inspect the plane.

The starting bid in the auction that finishes May 30 will be $50,000.

GSA area property officer Randy Patterson said he's received dozens of inquiries. He said some want to put the plane back in the air while others seem to be more interested in its spare parts.

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