FLYING WHITE HOUSE: Flying White House

The Air Logistics of a Presidential Tour

FOR the 36 hr. and 20 min. that the President of the U.S. is airborne on his 19-day, 22,370-mile trip, he will be outranked by his Air Force aide and aircraft commander, Colonel William Draper. And every one of those hours will symbolize days of work by Pilot Bill Draper, 39, and his crew in coping with the logistics involved in taking the President to the far side of the world and back.

For the sake of safety and schedule, the full presidential fleet that takes...

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