AIR FORCE ONE: RALPH ALBERTAZZIE
Flew President Nixon on his historic first visit to China.
Typed Letter signed: "Ralph Albertazzi" as Presidential Pilot,
1p, 7¼x10½. "Aboard Air Force One", 1972 April 10. On Air Force One
letterhead with imprinted Presidential seal. To Frederick Casoni, Newark, New
Jersey. In full: "Thank you for your continued interest in Air Force
One. The last time we heard from you was in August 1969. In reply to your
inquiry about the wine served at the President's dinner, I am sure it was flown
in the People's Republic of China by one of the cargo support aircraft. We did
not carry the wine and we did no unofficial flying. I have enclosed an
autographed picture of our airplane. [not included] "Most sincerely".
Air Force Colonel Ralph D. Albertazzi was President Nixon's pilot. Air
Force One is the call sign of any plane carrying the President of the United
States. Albertazzie flew the President to China (February 1972) aboard a
specially modified Boeing 707, designated Special Air Mission 2600, one of two
planes in service for this purpose. SAM 2600's other historic flights
included the flight which carried President Kennedy's body home from Dallas on
November 22, 1963 and on which President Johnson took the oath of office.
Nearly a decade before the popular film Air Force One, about a
hijacking of the Presidential jet, Ralph Albertazzi co-authored Hostage
One (1989), a novel with the same theme. Light corner creases. Stray ink
mark in lower right corner. Otherwise, fine condition.
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