In 2004, The Permit Company had the honor of helping to facilitate the final journey of the Boeing 707 used by Presidents Reagan, Carter, Ford, Nixon, Clinton and both Presidents Bush. After logging over 600,000 air miles serving presidents for more than 28 years, the jet’s last 100-mile journey would occur by highway from the San Bernardino airport to the Air Force One Pavilion at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley.
The move, dubbed “Operation Homeward Bound,” was conducted by Boeing at the request of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Boeing asked The Permit Company to provide permitting and escort services for the unusual load. Even though the wings were disassembled from the fuselage for the move, it was still a significantly oversized superload. Each wing measured 92’ long by 35’ wide, and required stretch flatbed trailers.
The convoy left San Bernardino at about midnight on Friday night and made it to the library around daybreak on Friday without incident. Today, you can visit the reassembled 707 in the stunning Air Force One Pavilion at the Reagan Library.