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President Kennedy Brings Glenn Family to Florida

Feb. 22, 1962 - President Kennedy brought the Glenn family to Florida today on the way to a reunion with the head of the house — Lieut. Col. John H. Glenn Jr. David Glenn, 16 years old, the astronaut’s son, summed up his reaction to the two-hour flight in Mr. Kennedy’s big jetliner. “Any plane I’m on after this,” he said, “will look like a wreck.” David and his sister, Carolyn, 14, were taken into the President’s compartment to meet him and then were allowed to go to the cockpit to watch the pilot, Lieut. Col. James H. Swidal, in action. The rest of the Glenn family, including the astronaut’s wife, Anna, stayed in the main passenger cabin. Late in the flight, Mr. Kennedy went back and chatted with them. When the Presidential jet landed at Palm Beach International Airport shortly after 5 p.m., the Glenn family immediately transferred to an Air Force DC-6 for the 100-mile flight up the Florida coast to Cape Canaveral. Colonel Glenn will arrive there tomorrow morning, accompanied by Vice President Johnson, after a flight from Grand Turk Island in the Bahamas.

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