"President Eisenhower's plane, the Columbine II, a Lockheed C-69 Constellation, the heaviest and fastest transport plane of its time, made a perfect landing at 4:00 P.M. at Wishington's National Airport. As the pilot, Lt. Col. William Draper, taxied to the VIP terminal, an honor guard of companies from all four of the U.S. military branches was brought to attention. After the Super Constellation came to a halt, Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia stepped briskly from the plane. "The Elect of God King of Kings, Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah, Branch of the Tree of Solomon, and Implement of Trinity" had arrived in Washington on his first state visit to the United States on May 26, 1954. The 61 year old emperor, who stood five feet four inches tall, was dressed in a field Marshall's olive dress uniform with brilliant scarlet touches adorned with nine rows of campaign ribbons. He carried a very long leather swagger stick. HIM was greeted by Vice President Richard Nixon and Admiral Arthur W. Redford, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. A 21-gun salute thundered through the airport and echoed among the flats along he Potomac River. The Emperor snapped to a smart salute and held it for nearly five minutes while a military band played the national anthems of both nations. Then, Haile Selassie, joined by Nixon, Redford, and the cadre of high-ranking officers, stepped off in a quick march to review the honor guard. The military honors concluded, the emperor, turned to his interpreter, Endalkachew Mekonen, to ask "Where is President Eisenhower?" Endalkachew replied that, according to the U.S. State Department, it was customary for the president to wait at the White House ..."