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    Harry S Truman: Presidential Pilot Henry Myers Archive. Henry Tift Myers of Tifton, Georgia, had a long, distinguished and interesting career. After serving in the Army Air Force, he joined American Airlines as a pilot and broke at least two speed records. During World War Two, he was assigned the task to transport high-ranking military and government officials around the globe. He flew Eleanor Roosevelt, as well as Franklin Roosevelt, aboard the Presidential planne dubbed "The Sacred Cow". This assignment continued after the war. He was pilot for Truman on the "Sacred Cow" and the "Independence"(the same plane, just renamed). The President was quite disappointed when Myers tendered his resignation to rejoin commercial aviation, as he always felt "perfectly safe" when Myers was at the controls. This substantial archive was retrieved from the Myers homestead in Tifton, Georgia. The most significant aspect of the material relates to his tenure as Presidential pilot. Included are a custom photo album presented by American Airplanes to Myers on "the occasion of the Presidential Flight to Mexico City 1947" with thirteen 8" x 10" souvenir photos, Myers' tin cockpit name plate, two "Presidential Party" passes from the U. S. Naval Submarine Base in Key West, Florida, ephemera from diplomatic dinners given during Presidential trips, two large format photos of the interior of the Presidential plane and interior blueprints for the plane, etc. The archive also includes many files and folders with documents related to Myers' World War Two service. These include: military orders (many marked "Restricted" or "Secret"), itineraries and flight plans, resumes and biographies, newspaper clippings, a record of promotions, a large number of snapshots of post-war Europe destroyed by years of bombing, copies of correspondence (one sent in response to movie star Gary Cooper's request to accompany Myers on one of his flights), etc. The flight plans detail all stops, distances travelled, and the time required to complete the flight. The destination Casablanca appears several times and it seems likely that Myers flew FDR to that war-time conference. The material exhibits damage from high humidity, including mildew and buckling to photos.

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