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Gettysburg in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Helicopter Landing Pad

Eisenhower National Historic Park

 
 
The Helicopter Landing Pad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 4, 2010
1. The Helicopter Landing Pad Marker
Inscription.
The smoothest ride I ever had in my life.
Eisenhower referring to
his first helicopter ride

President Eisenhower was the first president to travel by helicopter. His first ride was in 1957 during Operation Alert, a Cold War exercise to evacuate the president and his cabinet officers to safety in the Virginia mountains in case of nuclear attack. The helicopter soon proved to be very convenient, as well.

A drive from the White House to Gettysburg took about two hours. On a helicopter, he could travel to Gettysburg in about 35 minutes. Camp David, another presidential retreat, was a 10-minute flight to the south.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 39° 47.628′ N, 77° 15.845′ W. Marker is in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on Eisenhower Drive, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is located at the Eisenhower National Historic Park. Marker is in this post office area: Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Guest House (within shouting distance of this marker); Guest House Railings (within shouting distance of this marker); Follow in the Footsteps
Marker at the Eisenhower Farm image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 4, 2010
2. Marker at the Eisenhower Farm
(within shouting distance of this marker); The Stables (within shouting distance of this marker); Secret Service Office (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Pond (about 500 feet away); I shall leave the place better than I found it. (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Herd of Modest Size (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
More about this marker. The bottom of the marker features a photograph of Eisenhower and French President de Gaulle exiting a helicopter. It has a caption of “Charles de Gaulle, walking next to Eisenhower, visited the farm in April 1960, during a break from talks at nearby Camp David. Eisenhower found the farm a perfect setting for conducting one-on-one diplomacy.”
The right of the marker contains a photo of “A Marine helicopter with the President aboard land[ing] near the Eisenhower home in 1958,” and a picture of a portable light with the caption “When the Secret Service received word of the Presidentís impending arrival, agents would place portable lights around the landing pad and turn on a strobe
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By Bill Coughlin, November 4, 2010
3. The Helicopter Landing Pad Marker
light in the barn.”
 
Also see . . .
1. Eisenhower National Historic Park. National Park Service website. (Submitted on November 4, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. Dwight D. Eisenhower. Biography of President Eisenhower from the White House website. (Submitted on November 4, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
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Eisenhower National Historic Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 4, 2010
4. Eisenhower National Historic Park
The Helicopter Landing Pad marker is located on President Eisenhower's Gettysburg farm.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,121 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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