Friday, February 8, 2019
FDR's "Sacred Cow"-- Part 4: To Yalta and the Birthplace of the U.S. Air Force
In addition, there was a battery operated elevator at the rear of the aircraft that allowed the president to board and leave the aircraft easily in his wheelchair.
The "Scared Cow" carried Roosevelt to the Yalta Conference in February 1945. Illustrating the high security involved with this trip, the plane's serial number was changed for the flight as a special security measure. This trip was Roosevelt's only one in his plane as he died suddenly in April.
His successor, Harry Truman, used the aircraft extensively during his first 27 months in office. On July 26, 1947, he signed the National security Act of 1947 while on board the "Sacred Cow." This bill, which became effective on September 18, 1947, established the U.S. Air Force as an independent service, making the "Sacred Cow" the "birthplace" of the U.S. Air Force.