National Geographic : 1960 May
KODACHROMESBY NATIONALGEOGRAPHICPHOTOGRAPHERTHOMASNEBBIA Eisenhower rose to political leadership of the Free World, and the Nuncio ascended the Chair of St. Peter. After a private talk lasting 25 minutes, Pope and President met the Eisenhower entour age (page 592) for an exchange of gifts. Mr. Eisenhower presented his autographed photo graph framed in silver; the Pontiff offered a signed photograph and a gold medal inscribed with the words, "John XXIII... Obedience and Peace." As departure time neared, the crowd in St. Peter's Square swelled (left). Many came armed with cameras to catch "Eekay" flying away in his helicopter (above). As the Presi- dent told us in Washington, D. C., he was eager to "sit in the sky" and look down on Europe's and Asia's historic landmarks. At almost every stop he planned to heli copter between city and airport, hoping to see in particular the Vatican, Agra's Taj Mahal, and the Acropolis of Athens. Soon his whirlybird lifted off the ground, hovered momentarily over St. Peter's, then sped away to Ciampino airport. Though dis appointed by the weather, Mr. Eisenhower expressed pleasure at his reception in Rome. Boarding his VC-137 (a Boeing 707 jet) for Ankara, Turkey, he remarked, "I feel that a very fine beginning has been made here." N.G.S.