Armed Forces: Back in Uniform

When United Flight 91 nonstop from Boston touched down at Los Angeles International Airport, Copilot Milton Ervine ("Erv") Johnson Jr. noticed waiting photographers. Figuring that they were there to film the DC-8 taxiing to the terminal gate, Johnson impishly mugged it up at the cockpit window for the grinding cameras. Then the cabin door swung open and a United Airlines public relations girl leading a covey of newsmen stepped in. "Commander Milton Johnson?" she asked. "I think that's you."

Thus Erv Johnson, 38, learned that he was back in the Navy as a...

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