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President Eisenhower takes recess from test

Editor's note: President Dwight D. Eisenhower became the first sitting president to fly in a helicopter as reported in this 1957 United Press article.

In this June 14, 1957, file photo,the UH-13 Bell Ranger Presidential helicopter undergoes a series of practice landings on the White House lawn. On July 13, President Eisenhower became the first sitting president to fly in a helicopter. Photo by National Museum of the USAF/UPI
In this June 14, 1957, file photo,the UH-13 Bell Ranger Presidential helicopter undergoes a series of practice landings on the White House lawn. On July 13, President Eisenhower became the first sitting president to fly in a helicopter. Photo by National Museum of the USAF/UPI

GETTYSBURG, Pa. (UP) - President Eisenhower drove here from his secret operation alert refuge today and immediately headed for the golf course.

Taking a weekend recess from the Civil Defense exercise, the President drove here at fast clip over winding back roads on a trip which in some ways was the most realistic part of the President's participation to date.

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Driving with the President was his nine-year-old grandson, David. The boy, with his two sisters and Mrs. Eisenhower, spent the night at the emergency White House location within 200 miles of Washington. The two girls drove to the farm with Mrs. Eisenhower later in the day.

The small White House staff which accompanied the President by helicopter to his relocation site Friday afternoon, and most of the 14 newsmen who joined the helicopter evacuation, flew back to Washington for the weekend.

The Chief Executive flew by helicopter Friday afternoon as the nationwide civil defense exercise began. It was his first ride in his new Bell Ranger. He will take his second hop in it next Monday when he flies from the farm to visit another government emergency relocation site before returning to the capital.

Eisenhower, first chief executive ever to fly in a helicopter while in office, was reported to have enjoyed the flight. He kept peering out the glass bubble and checking the scenery against top-secret route maps.

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