The Gulfstream I which was once owned by Walt Disney is about to undergo a full interior restoration which will return it to its 1960’s appearance. The twin-engine turboprop had sat for decades in a backlot area of Disney World in Florida following its 1992 retirement and was recently repainted and trucked across the country to Anaheim, California, where it was one of the star attractions at this year’s D23 Convention in September. It was later announced that the airplane would go on exhibit at the Palm Springs Air Museum.
Now the museum, which is displaying rarely seen interior items from The Mouse, as the aircraft came to be known, has announced it will head up a two-year cabin restoration of the airplane in partnership with Georgia-based Phoenix Air Group which has vast experience as an operator of the type and has offered to donate any needed parts.
Disney had the interior of N234MM customized with features including an instrument panel located near his favorite seat so he could monitor flight conditions, a telephone handset so he could communicate with the cockpit, two bathrooms, a galley kitchen, a pair of couches, and a desk.
“We are so thrilled to partner with the Walt Disney Archives on this amazing restoration project,” said museum vice-chairman Fred Bell, adding that the museum has restored more than 60 aircraft in its 26-year history. “We know that we have a special responsibility to Walt Disney, to the archives, and to the millions of Disney fans around the world to do this work accurately as possible so that the airplane can be enjoyed for decades to come.”