AF1ATWATER — 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.

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