Flight Delay

When the President sends his Secretary of State abroad on as urgent a mission as heading off a war, a suitable plane would presumably be available. Not so. Of the five Air Force jets normally kept at Andrews Air Force Base near Washington for long-range VIP missions, two were ferrying Ronald Reagan's party around the Caribbean; one was hauling junketing Congressmen to the Middle East and Africa; one was slated to take other Congressmen and their wives to the Caribbean area, and the fifth was down for repairs. So Haig was assigned to a back-up C-135B, a converted tanker plane with...

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