Israeli delegation flown aboard US aircraft carrier to mark Israel's 60th

Arrival feels more like a crash than a landing. Takeoff knocks the air out of you. The US government has flown a group of Israeli dignitaries to the USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier as part of this week's celebrations for Israel's 60th birthday. Fighter jets swooped on and off the 330-meter, nuclear-powered carrier Sunday in a spectacular show of high-tech airpower some 160 kilometers off the coast of Israel. The carrier's Jewish commander, Capt. Herm Shelansky, had the idea of inviting the Israelis when he realized the Truman would be passing near the Israeli coast just as Israel was commemorating its 60th. His ship is named after the US president who recognized the new Jewish state only moments after it declared its independence on May 14, 1948.