Flying Aces

November 2, 2013 | 2

What happens when two magazine writers publish stories on the same topic within a month of each other? We get to read some of the best long-form journalism of the year. Both Esquire’s Chris Jones and The Washingtonian’s Garrett M. Graff wrote about what it was like to be on Air Force One after the Kennedy assassination. Jones’ “The Flight From Dallas” hits 7,600 words, but Graff’s “Angel is Airborne” totals 18,000. Save some time to read both because they’re equally gripping and uniquely told narratives.

is an associate editor for The Millions and an editor in Atlanta. She tweets at @temalone.


  1. The amazing thing is that presidential succession does not require the oath of office to be administered. The VP automatically becomes president upon the death of the president. In this case, Johnson did this because of the intense fear that the nation was under siege, most likely from the Soviet Union because of the few facts that surrounded Lee Harvey Oswald. Most news agencies reported immediately upon their discovery that Oswald was 1) married to a Russian and 2) had been to Russia recently. Johnson believed that this action would allay fears of a takeover and reassure the nation that we still had leadership. In hindsight, I believe it was the right thing to do, being 13 years old at the time and hiding under desks at school as a regular routine when the alarm was given.

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