I was wondering if anyone has booked a "board meeting" at Bern Case's airplane that is permanently parked at the Medford airport. Also, has the new White House room at the airport been utilized since its opening?

I was wondering if anyone has booked a "board meeting" at Bern Case's airplane that is permanently parked at the Medford airport. Also, has the new White House room at the airport been utilized since its opening?

— Chuck B., Medford

Well, as it turns out, Chuck, both of the novelty meeting spaces at the airport are quite popular for parties, corporate gatherings and other events.

The airplane permanently parked at the Rogue Valley-Medford International Airport has been there for more than a decade, according to airport Director Bern Case, who said the KC97 aircraft meets all county building requirements as a fixed structure.

The plane can hold 49 people and is used about 200 days per year for events and tours, and is open to the public each Saturday morning, Case said.

"It's real popular for kids' birthday parties," said Case, adding that kids enjoy sitting in the pilot seat, and the air-traffic radio is broadcast through the aircraft.

"It's a novelty like the oval office," said Case, referring to the second part of your question about the newest meeting room at the airport, a replica of the White House's meeting space.

Since its opening on July 4, the room has been rented about eight to 10 times, and another eight to 10 reservations have been placed.

Its uses have included a corporate meeting, an event with a guest speaker and a birthday party for a 93-year-old.

The cost to rent the space is $75 for a four-hour period, or $25 for 15 minutes if people are just interested in taking some pictures.

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