National Affairs: On the Track

An eleven-car train painted Air Force blue highballed down the tracks of western railroads last week, stopping and starting without warning, ducking in and out of sidings and delaying the crack transcontinental limiteds. In many ways it was the most important train in the nation. Instead of cash-paying passengers or revenue freight, it carried 45 hand-picked officers and men of the Strategic Air Command and enough communications gear to put them in instant and constant contact with SAC bases around the world. Ranging from the deserts of Nevada to the plains of Wyoming...

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