@TheABPub Travelogue Part 3: TCB in Memphis

I have no claim to be a long-time fan of Elvis, but after a stop over in Memphis last weekend and a pilgrimage to Graceland, I am becoming one.

The visit to Graceland was the inspiration of Airline Business editor Max Kingsley-Jones. He saw a window of opportunity in our itinery which took us via Memphis that he – as a big Elvis fan – could not pass up.

Graceland.JPGSo, in the pouring Kentucky (OK Tennessee) rain, a visit to the home of Elvis Aaron Presley was on the cards. Luckily Graceland is only a 10 minute taxi ride from Memphis airport even if the Somali-born taxi driver wasn’t actually sure which way to turn onto Elvis Presley Boulevard to get to the great man’s mansion.

Graceland is in fact an unassuming property, albeit in the ghetto area of Memphis these days.

If you are an Elvis fan and an aviation enthusiast Graceland has something for you as it is the home of the King’s private jets – a Convair 800 and a Lockheed JetStar.

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The Convair (seen above) was an ex-Delta Air Lines example. He christened it Lisa Marie after his daughter.

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He bought the JetStar for nearly $900,000 in September 1975. It sits alongside the Convair across the road from Graceland amongst the various Elvis shops, restaurants and exhibits.

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Now the “TCB” reference – what does that mean? Elvis fans will know it was one of his favourite phrases: “Taking Care of Business”.

Elvis created a lightning bolt logo to go with the TCB initials. So there you have it.

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