The Presidency: The Loftiest Chariot

The Loftiest Chariot

In the final days of Rome, the historian Ammianus Marcellinus noted, "The modern nobles measure their rank and consequence according to the loftiness of their chariots." If old Marcellinus were around today he might be fretting about the future of the U.S., because we are about to put the President in the loftiest chariot that man has yet devised.

Already the Boeing Co. is shaping the spars and wing ribs in its Everett, Wash., plant for a new Air Force One, a 747-200B that will course the heavens with more range, communication, self-sufficiency and practical elegance than anything else in the...

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