While on the brink of a military confrontation with China, Air Force One crashes in the desert, killing the President. This brings Vice-President Kermit Madigan to power who, having been left in the dark by the president, must now rely on his predecessor's aides to guide him. But they have markedly different viewpoints and hidden agendas. Will he blunder his way into a nuclear exchange with the Chinese? Filmed in 1971, but delayed for airing until 1973 by ABC because that was the year of President Richard Nixon's trip to China, and they didn't want to show the Chinese as villains!Watch for an ex-United Air Lines Boeing 720 masquerading as a VC-137C! When UAL sold off their fleet of 720s in 1971, they ended up all over the place; travel clubs, films, and flying Led Zeppelin around in "Starship One."
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