Short Essay Answer Key
1. Why doesn't Major Vylander like what he sees on a January night in 1954?
Major Vylander watches the preparations for the plane from indoors. He doesn't like what he sees. Not only is it a cold winter night, but gusting snow is piling up on the wings and fuselage of the C-97. Also, the lights of the runway can be barely seen through the falling snow.
2. Why is Major Vylander concerned that he will not be able to get the Boeing C-97 off the ground?
The C-97 has a full fuel load and a cargo that weighs seventy thousand pounds. There is also a strong crosswind. Major Vylander is concerned that the weight of the plane and the thirty-knot crosswind will make it difficult, if not impossible, to get the plane off the ground.
3. What is the Boeing C-97 carrying and where is...
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