THE PRESIDENCY: Return to Paris

Beneath the lights of the Columbine as it sped through the night sky, U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships were joined with the Royal Navy in a patrol line across choppy North Atlantic seas. From Her Majesty's frigate Undaunted, which was with General Dwight Eisenhower at the Normandy beachhead in 1944, came a message out of the night: "Glad to have you with us—Undaunted we remain." For nearly 16 hours the Columbine flew at 13,000 feet or less so that the cabin pressure could be kept at sea level as a health...

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