Col. Albertazzie's book, "The Flying White House", is one of my favorites. His many years of service as chief pilot to JFK, LBJ, and RMN are a great tribute to his country and his family!
The Col's. character is revealed when he served as Gen. Curtis LeMay's "flight instructor", on the General's 1st flight in the 1st seat of a 707.
Col. Ralph, having been expedited through training (Boeing, Seattle 1959); knew that LeMay would insist on taking the controls of Uncle Sam's first jet transport.
It was Ralph's idea to make the offer before take-off: "Sir, would you like to fly her today?" LeMay: "Thanks, but I don't want to interfere..." Col. Ralph: "Sir. This crew IS trained!" LeMay: "Good, Captain; then I'll take her up."
God Speed Col. Albertazie!
Albertazzie Family: please accept my sincere condolences and hopes that you may be comforted in this time.