Bolivia: Flying High

The Air Force was testing a new aircraft—a snappy little twin-engined Helio Courier light plane—and naturally, there was only one pilot for the job. Grinning broadly,. Air, Force General René Barrientos, 46, the more equal of Bolivia's two co-Presidents, strapped himself into the pilot's seat and roared off into the blue. After buzzing over La Paz, Barrientos flitted for about 30 minutes around the jagged 21,325-ft. peak of nearby Mount Illimani, then pushed the shuddering plane to 21,425 ft., setting a new altitude mark for that type of aircraft.

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