Elvis Presley bought Lisa Marie (renamed after his daughter) on 18 April 1975. Manufactured in 1958 by General Dynamics in San Diego, this Convair 880 was formerly a commercial airline with 96 seatings. Cost at $250,000 (USD) at the time of purchase, a further $750,000 (USD) was spent to customise its specifications and renovate its furnishings. Lisa Marie is one of the two airplanes owned by Elvis. The other named Hound Dog Two is a Lockheed JetStar bought in 1975 at $899,702 (USD).
Circa 1975-1977, Elvis Presley used these airplanes to travel for both leisure and concerts.
Elvis loved his daughter who was born February 1, 1968, and spent the first four years of her life at Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee. Priscilla and Elvis split in 1972, and Lisa moved with her mother to Los Angeles, California, but regularly visited her father in Memphis. She was only nine years old when Elvis passed away.
A Convair 880 jet that Elvis bought and renovated, since known as the Lisa Marie first flew in November, 1975. Elvis often referred to the jet as his "Flying Graceland." Tours of the Lisa Marie and the Hound Dog II are available seperately or as a part of a tour package. (See my Graceland tip for tour package rates, or the official website). You can almost touch the Lisa Marie from the sidewalk, which is where I took this photograph. (No entrance fee required) Of course, if you want to see the inside of the jet, that will cost you.
Seniors 62+ and Students: $6.30
Children 7-12: $3.50
Children 6 & under: free
I like planes so I was excited by this. I liked the 8-track player in the jet and the glittery gold sink. I just wish everything wasn't covered in plastic.
This to me was one of the most interesting parts of the tour. Quite a set-up inside the plane.
Good stories to read outside and inside the building where it is located.
Cool wit a plane in the garden, hard to land but really cool anyway. Rock on the KING! see Graceland a nice place for rock 'n' roll