By Emilio Corsetti III

On may perhaps 2, 1970, a DC-9 jet with fifty seven passengers and a group of six departed from New York's JFK overseas Airport en path to the tropical island of St. Maarten, yet 4 hours and 34 mins later the flight led to the shark-infested waters of the Caribbean. It was once, and continues to be, the one open-water ditching of a advertisement jet. the following rescue of survivors took approximately 3 hours and concerned the coast shield, military, and marines. This gripping account of that fateful day recounts what used to be occurring contained in the cabin, the cockpit, and the helicopters because the crews struggled opposed to the elements and dwindling sunlight to rescue the survivors, who had merely their existence vests and a lone break out chute to maintain them afloat.

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35 . For a full discussion of the different programs and the industrial and engineering problems that the Luftwaffe faced, see : Homze, Arming the Luftwaffe, Chapter IX . 36 . , Das deutsche Reich and der Zweite Weltkrieg, Vol . I, pp . 480-81 ; see Homze, Arming the Luftwaffe, p . 184, for a detailed breakdown of worker distribution within the aircraft industry . 37 . 35 . "Vortrag des Generalmajors Wever bei Erbffnung der Luftkriegsakademie and Lufttechnischen Akademie in BerlinGatow am I . November 1935," Die Luftwaffe (1936) .

16 . Grand Admiral Alfred von Tirpitz, My Memoirs, Vol . II (New York, 1919), pp . 271-72 . 17 . For an excellent discussion of the German "strategic" bombing effort in World War I, see : Francis K . Mason, Battle Over Britain (New York, 1969), Chapter I . 18 . ," NARS T-79/65/000622 . 19 . For the best description of Seeckt's contribution to the carrying over of a portion of Germany's World War I air force into the body of the Reichswehr, see : Karl-Heinz Volker, "Die Entwicklung der militdfschen Luftfahrt in Deutschland, 1920-1933," in Beitrdge zur Militdr-und Kriegsgeschichte, Vol .

II, Doc. 38. 97 . , p. 52 . 98 . , NARS T-1022/2307/34562. 99 . L. W . Gr . Kdo. , Fuhrungsabteilung, Nr . " Quoted by Richard Suchenwirth, Hans Jeschonnek, pp . 39-40. 100 . , Fiihrungsabteilung, Nr . " 101 . For a fuller discussion of the overall strategic situation at the time of Munich in 1938, see my article: Williamson Murray, "Munich, 1938 : The Military Confrontation," Journal of Strategic Studies (December 1979) . 102. " 103. IMT, TMWC, Vol . XXV, p . 381 . 104. One of the surprising elements in the widespread willingness to accept the legend that the Luftwaffe was the "hand maiden" of the army is the fact that Goring never got along with the army, and it thus seems totally contradictory from what we know of his personality that he would accept a role that subordinated his air force to the army in overall German strategy .

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