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Air Force One: A History of the Presidents and Their Planes Paperback – May 12, 2004
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1. Page 44 contains a description of the Presidential Cabin on the Sacred Cow, saying that, "the room contained a single chair for the commander in chief, a small desk and a two seat couch. Across the narrow aisle were seats for seven..." Comment: The desk was a small table, I don't remember a two-seat couch, and the seven seats did not exist.
2. Page 44 further describes the trip made by FDR to Yalta, "Roosevelt flew on the Sacred Cow from Yalta to Cairo, where he boarded the Quincy." Comment: the flight was from Russia to Deversoir, an airport near the Suez Canal. The cruiser Quincy was in the Suez Canal, not at Cairo.
3. Page 50: Walsh says this about President Truman: "...and he brought guests with him whenever possible so they could spread the word about the rare honor of flying with the commander-in-chief." Comment: Truman had no such practice, as confirmed by flight log records that listed passengers.
4. Page 51: Walsh says that Truman asked to be told when Independence crossed over Ohio. He then made use of the bathroom and ordered the pilot to dump waste overboard-a "tribute" to his political enemy Senator Robert Taft of Ohio. Comment: This story is a fabrication.Read more ›
The short history of aviation and it's effect on American history is truly remarkable, as Mr. Walsh reports. Over the few years it has taken for the jet age to develop, our executive branch has been relatively quick to recognize and tap the potential for extending democratic values and influence. Between FDR's first tedious and exhausting hop-scotch to Casablanca and George W. Bush's incredible split-second decision on board Air Force One the day of September 11, 2001, this book gives the reader some wonderful minute-by-minute reporting from the key people involved, right up to the presidents themselves.
Each of our presidents has approached the Ait Force One experience in their own unique way, thereby revealing a closer insight into their hearts and minds. This book details each, from Clinton's relatively relaxed and homey flying style, Johnson's bullying, to Nixon's brooding and self-obsessed genius. And for me personally, the detailed descriptions of each airplane's awesome power and capabilities imparted a sense of certainty and reassurance that our leadership is just as secure and in command at 35,000 feet and 700 mph as it has ever been in the White House or Camp David.
These airplanes and the phalanx of people who fly them have known more history than one could ever have even imagined. With this book, Mr. Walsh has brought American history buffs as well as casual readers like myself a slice of flying knowlege and experience not soon to be forgotten.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A little too much of the author's bias in regards to the presidents. More about the planes would have been good.Published 3 months ago by rbtwlkr
Excellent book. Gives you a look behind the scenes of the Presidents.Published 20 months ago by robjon
An insider's view of what it is like to fly in the world's most famous aircraft. It ended with G. Bush's presidency. I would like to have read about Barrack Obama. Read morePublished on May 17, 2014 by Amazon Customer
Interesting book filled some little known facts about this special plane. It was well written and held my interest, worth the read.Published on June 24, 2013 by Ronald Hubbard
Like Planes of the Presidents, this book on focuses on the planes made famous. Such as the 2nd presidential jet that became famous when Kennedy was killed in Dallas. Read morePublished on February 6, 2013 by Stay at home Mama
I almost quit reading this book in the first chapter. It was like Mr. Walsh was trying to explain to a child over and over that Air Force One is a special plane. Read morePublished on December 10, 2011 by R
Very good, written by a person who was THERE. A great addition to our book collection of presidents and their planes.Published on January 22, 2011 by marion