Angel is Airborne: JFK's Final Flight from Dallas

Angel is Airborne: JFK's Final Flight from Dallas

by Garrett M. Graff

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Aboard Air Force One on November 22, 1963—during one of America’s most searing, perilous moments—a government was formed and a presidency begun.

The 1,190-mile journey from Dallas to Washington on November 22, 1963, stands as the most famous Air Force One flight of all time. Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson boarded the plane in secrecy, with few in the world aware that President Kennedy was dead, and then after taking the presidential oath, Johnson had 132 minutes to assemble his thoughts and a government before landing at Andrews Air Force Base and presenting himself to the cameras as the new leader of the free world.

While there are many individual recollections of the flight, there exist few comprehensive reconstructions of all that unfolded on the plane. Graff's account of the flight—based on dozens of accounts of those on board plus more than 500 pages of archive documents as well as a recently discovered two-hour-and-22-minute audio recording of Air Force One’s radio traffic with Andrews on the day of the assassination—reveals that even amid one of the most dramatic presidential transitions in history there arose very human moments of envy, anger, bewilderment, and courage, as those aboard endured what would be for all of them the most difficult hours of their lives.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940148378495
Publisher: Washingtonian Magazine
Publication date: 10/23/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 216,230
File size: 172 KB

About the Author

Garrett M. Graff is the editor of The Washingtonian magazine; he's widely recognized both as one of the nation's leading experts on technology and politics as well as a rising star in the media industry. Of his first book, "The First Campaign: Globalization, the Web, and the Race for the White House" (FSG, 2007), which examined the role of technology in the 2008 presidential race, The New York Times' literary critic Michiko Kakutani wrote, "The astonishingly young Mr. Graff (who was born in 1981) proves in these pages that he is a cogent writer, willing to tackle large-scale issues and problems."

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