FOREIGN TRADE: Lord High Engineer

In short, in matters vegetable, animal and mineral, He is the very model of a modern Major-General.

—The Pirates of Penzance

On the runway at Ohio's Akron-Canton airport one day this week stood a bright yellow, converted C87 that was once used by General Alexander A. Vandegrift, commandant of the U.S. Marines. Waiting for the take-off was a tall, sad-eyed man who was indeed the very model of a modern full-blown general, or admiral—or at least something mineral. His milky-blue uniform with brass buttons and bright gold stars & bars...

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