Monday Message 14th January 2019

Happy New Year and welcome to 2019.

In this age of uncertain Presidential behaviour it’s worth observing that 76 years ago on this day in 1943, the first ever flight on US Presidential business landed. A significant, risky 4 day event which enabled Franklin D. Roosevelt to meet a cautious Winston Churchill and foot dragging Charles DeGaulle in Casablanca. (Stalin declined to come, blaming the ongoing seige of Stalingrad).

The TWA Boeing 314 flying boat departed Miami via Trinidad (now independent) via Brazil and Gambia (now a republic). The final leg used a Douglas C-54 (military version of a DC-4) 4-propeller aircraft to land at the French Protectorate of Morocco (now a Kingdom).

Three generations later the change in technology and geopolitics is scarcely believable. Thus we remain optimistic of continued positive change, the trend is our friend.