There is an amazing blend among brilliant engineers, skillful craftsman, highly trained pilots and a country that stands behind them all. I had read about President Ronald Reagan’s Air Force One as a part of his Presidential Library display but I had no idea that it was on the inside. When the doors opened and there it was I was impressed.
The wing tip was just out of reach. But, the marvel of aeronautical physics was not elusive. To imagine that so much metal and so much weight could actually fly was mind-blowing.
In this aircraft the President of the United States and his first family would swiftly travel from one key event to the next. Those who designed this aircraft did a great service to the Reagan’s. Safety and efficiency are all over this airliner. Its sleek appearance was also reflected inside in the accommodations.
What we do not see are the marvels of structure under the skin of this powerful airplane. The electrical maze alone that was carefully crafted so that it would not only be dependable but also durable makes me shake my head in wonder. Men and women who were very good at what they do, implanted their pride in the construction of this fine product.
Pilots and their crew were meticulously trained. They would after all be the frontline to serve and protect the President of the United States of America. Each of these personnel would be trustworthy, diligent workers and loyal to the nation and its highest office.
Jelly beans were prominent in the plane. There was a cheer in Reagan’s life and those around him felt it, joined in on it and appreciated it. For him personally the jelly beans helped President Reagan stave off the cravings from the habit of cigarette smoking that he had overcome but kept on keeping at bay.
Whenever I am in a jetliner and that massive amount of weight with equipment, structure and passengers takes off, I continue to marvel at the laws of physics. God established them. They are dependable.
When a special passenger is on board, we trust those same laws and the skills of those who follow those laws for a safe flight. This display of Air Force One is a reminder of how important safety is, how trustworthy are the laws of God and how those who depend and obey Him will be blessed.
photo credit: brucefong photography