U.S. President Richard Nixon and First Lady Pat Nixon arriving at Moscow Vnukovo II airport
Moscow Soviet Union Date:1972, May 22 Duration:4 min 46 sec Sound:NO SOUND
President of United States Richard Nixon and First Lady Pat Nixon arrive at the Vnukovo II airport, in Moscow, Soviet Union (USSR). View from the cockpit of the Presidential VC-137C (Boeing 707) aircraft, named "Spirit of 76", as it taxis on the active runway, and then on the ramp, after landing. View from Air Force One, as the cabin door is opened. A red-carpeted stairway is rolled toward the aircraft. The American flag flies next to the Soviet flag, atop the airport terminal building. A military brass band and honor guard, stand in formation. Several Soviet officials walk toward the Presidential aircraft. Mrs. Pat Nixon, exits the airplane a step ahead of President Nixon. They descend the stairway and are greeted by USSR President Nikolai V.Podgorny, Premier Alexei N. Kosygin, Foreign Minister, Andrei A. Gromyko, and other Soviet officials. The President and Mrs. Nixon shake hands with the officials and Mrs. Nixon accepts a bouquet of flowers. Next, the President is seen at attention, on the airport ramp, with three Soviet officials, and a U.S. Army attache, as the Soviet bandmaster conducts the band in what appears to be the U.S. National Anthem. View shifts, again, to the doorway of the President's airplane. The Soviet band and honor guard are seen from a stand of trees, as they parade past the airplane. Finally, a long line of automobiles is seen in a motorcade headed toward the city.
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