Presidents' Day Auction Will Include John F. Kennedy's Air Force One Jacket

Attendees can also bid on personal items like family photos, birthday cards, and more.

By | Boston Daily |

JFK-Air-Force-One-Leather-Bomber-JacketJohn F. Kennedy’s Air Force One leather bomber jacket. (Photos via John McInnis Auctioneers)

After President John F. Kennedy died in 1963, his Special Assistant and close friend David Powers led the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum for 30 years. But while the public can see plenty of JFK memorabilia at the museum here in Boston, Powers had kept a few goodies for himself through the years.

On February 17, people will have a chance to bid on hundreds of Powers’ personal belongings as items from his estate (Powers died in 1998) are put up for auction in Amesbury, Mass.

Perhaps the coolest piece up for grabs is John F. Kennedy’s Air Force One leather bomber jacket (shown above). Other items include birthday cards, family photos, and correspondence that capture the JFK era. Among the memorable moments of JFK’s life and presidency include photos of him as a baby and teenager, with the Red Sox at Fenway Park, and with the 1963 championship-winning Celtics at the White House. The most poignant item for sale is a birthday card from John Jr. to his father on his 46th birthday (shown below)—it was the only card “John John” ever gave his father.

Below, check out a few of the items that will be auctioned at the Presidents’ Day weekend auction. To see the full collection of more than 700 pieces, visit

jfk-redsoxPhoto of Ted Williams, Eddie Pellagrini, John F. Kennedy, and Hank Greenberg. (May 1946, Fenway Park)

jfk-celticsSigned photo of JFK with the Boston Celtics. (January 1963, The White House)

jfk-teenJFK as a teenager with family and friends.

JFK_birthday-cardBirthday card from John Jr. to JFK on his 46th birthday. (May 1963)


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