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The experience of a lifetime


As I watched the new Air Force One on TV recently, it brought back my memory of my tour of Air Force One landing at Travis Air Force Base in California, two years after I trained Air Force One’s crew in October 1963 at the NCO Academy at Mc- Coy Air Base in Florida.

These men knew I was once a radio operator on a B-17 bomber years ago. They wanted to show me the communications set up on Air Force One.

The room was near the President’s bedroom. They could talk to anyone in the world. I’d never seen anything like it.

While I was at the academy, it was closed for one day and our flight was bused to Cape Canaveral for the first Gemini Space Capsule launch into space.

It was something I will not soon forget.

Contributing writer Everett Vanover lives in Fairfield, Calif.

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