Papers of John F. Kennedy. Presidential Papers. President's Office Files.
Roll-out ceremonies of the X-19 VTOL (Vertical Take Off and Landing) aircraft. General Godfrey T. McHugh, Air Force Aide to the President, stands next to the X-19. The aircraft was constructed by the Curtiss-Wright Corporation of Wood-Ridge, New Jersey, under a tri-service agreement between the Army, Navy, and Air Force. T. Roland Berner, Chairman and President of the Curtiss-Wright Corporation, sent this photograph and one other to President John F. Kennedy with a letter dated August 13, 1963, expressing the Corporation's desire to develop the plane into a Presidential aircraft.