Graceland Buys Jets, Will Keep Them at Graceland
Two jets once owned by Elvis Presley will remain at Graceland, according to a Tweet Sunday afternoon by the late entertainer’s daughter.
“I wanted 2 b the first to tell U: The Planes will remain at Graceland 4 ever!” tweeted Lisa Marie Presley. “We own them and have fun plans 4 them as well.”
The tweet comes just days after the Memphis City Council approved OKC Partnership’s plan to move the jets – “Lisa Marie” and “Hound Dog 2” – to 3850 Elvis Presley Blvd. and build a museum to go with them.
The site is just across Graceland’s southern border and land owned by Elvis Presley Enterprises. Graceland did not object to the planned development despite expressing earlier concerns.
OKC owned the jets and the jets have been part of Graceland tour packages since the mid-1980s. They sit in an open area in the Graceland Plaza across Elvis Presley Boulevard from the mansion’s gates.
But earlier this year, contract talks between OKC and Elvis Presley Enterprises reached an impasse. OKC announced it was putting the jets up for auction and EPE said it wanted them off Graceland’s campus.
Priscilla Presley, the entertainer’s ex-wife, reacted strongly on Facebook as the stalemated contract talks suddenly went public.
“Do you honestly think we want them sold?” she posted on her Facebook page in January. “Have you never thought that the owners are the culprits? That perhaps they are greedy, unwilling to be fair or are being totally unreasonable?”
No terms on the sale of the jets were immediately available, nor were specific details on the plan for the jets remaining at Graceland.
The plaza area where they currently are located is scheduled to change dramatically in the third phase of redevelopment of the 120-acre Graceland campus.
The overall project includes an archives building as well as a $90 million, 450-room resort hotel north of the mansion that will be the third largest hotel in the city.
General plans for the plaza area include restaurants, nightspots, new shops and a performance hall as well as demolition of the Heartbreak Hotel once the new resort hotel opens.
Memphis Daily News