Ike and the First Presidential Helicopters

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Ike and the First Presidential Helicopters

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Postby Raffles » Mon Sep 07, 2015 4:46 pm

An interesting blog here

Posted on July 12, 2010 by The National Air and Space Museum

On July 12, 1957, Dwight D. Eisenhower became the first president to employ a helicopter while in office. Though helicopters had been in operational use by the American military since 1944, concerns over their safety caused the Secret Service to bar their use for the nation’s chief executive except in case of emergency. However, by 1956, the nuclear capability of the Soviet Union had reached the point where any evacuation of the president by roads could not be guaranteed and the head of President Eisenhower’s flight section, Air Force Col. William Draper, began shopping for helicopters....click the above link for the full article.

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