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Children's LiteratureA brief history of travel by U.S. presidents begins this information book on Air Force One, but air travel is its chief focus. Franklin Roosevelt was the first president to fly in an airplane in 1943. President Truman flew routinely, making 61 trips to Roosevelt's four. Truman's plane was named the Independence. During Eisenhower's presidential years, the aircraft he used was named Air Force One. Thereafter, although the aircrafts changed through the years, the name stayed the same. It was President Kennedy who understood the symbolic power of Air Force One and its name. The book presents the physical dimensions of the plane and much of its basic floor plan. Facts about the crew, security measures and the presidential helicopter are given. Photos of all the presidents who have used Air Force One are plentiful. Anecdotes, visitors and code names used by agents for the presidents are included as well as the historical and dramatic events associated with Air Force One such as President Johnson's onboard oath of office and the travel maneuvers of President Bush on September 11, 2001. The back matter includes a glossary, timeline, resources and index. The book is appropriate for elementary students wanting interesting sidelights to presidential studies. 2004, Children's Press/Scholastic Inc, Ages 7 to 10.
—Jacki Vawter, Ph.D.