By Kenneth T. Walsh
From the award-winning leader White condo correspondent for U.S. information & global Report comes the definitive background of Air strength One.
From FDR's prop-driven Pan Am to the glimmering blue and white jumbo 747 on which George W. Bush travels, the president's aircraft has captured the public's awe and mind's eye, and is well-known world wide as an emblem of yank energy. during this designated booklet, Kenneth Walsh appears on the judgements that our final 12 presidents made at the aircraft; the character characteristics and peccadilloes they printed while their defend used to be down; and how they every one confirmed a particular temper aboard that was once a mirrored image in their occasions, in addition to their person personalities.
Based on interviews with 4 dwelling presidents, rankings of previous and current White apartment officers, and employees and team individuals of Air strength One, Walsh's ebook finds numerous interesting tales of lifestyles aboard the "flying White House." It additionally gains descriptions of the nutrients, the decor, the bedrooms, the scientific medical institution, and lots more and plenty extra -- in addition to extraordinary photographs of the planes (inside and out) and the presidents.
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But he soon found things “severely tied up there” and after two weeks of sightseeing “the Army put an end to our ease by shipping us out—to Walla Walla, Washington. We arrived there June 22, 1943, and learned we were being assigned as copilots to crews that were entering their third and last phase. The accelerated schedule we were entering called for just 17 more days of training at Walla Walla, 10 days of staging, and arrival in England on or about July 20th. In just three weeks time, we copilots were supposed to step from a twin-engine ship of 900 horsepower, to a four-engine B-17 of 5,000 horsepower.
Was quite helpful to me in my photographic research there; one gentleman who wishes to remain nameless I want to thank particularly. I also owe much to Mr. Don Linn, fellow aviation writer and friend, who did excellent photo reproduction work for me. In England, thanks are due Mr. Martin Middlebrook for permission to quote Dale Rice’s recollections of the First Schweinfurt briefing in his fine book, The Schweinfurt-Regensburg Mission; to Mr. Roger A. Freeman, dean of Eighth Air Force historians, for putting me in contact with Mr.
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