ARGENTINA: Supersonic President

As part of its participation in Argentina's Twelfth Annual Aviation Week at Buenos Aires, the U.S. offered faster-than-sound joy rides in an F-102 fighter. For protocol's sake, the first invitation went from the U.S. commander, Brigadier General Paul S. Emrick, to President Pedro Aramburu. Last week, to Emrick's surprise, Aramburu stepped out of a helicopter at Buenos Aires' Ezeiza Airport ready for his ride.

The President put on a pressurized G-suit and parachute. Emrick and the F-102's pilot, Captain William H. ( "Scotty") Scott, helped him into the cockpit, sand through an...

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