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The Spirit of Strom Thurmond

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Dick Cheney shows his Spirit

A noble workhorse of the sky, the Spirit of Strom Thurmond is a gray C-17 cargo jet who calls Charleston, S.C. home and ferries around sundry soul-less objects like weapons, military equipment and Vice President Dick Cheney.

Similarities to its namesake

The Spirit embodies everything about its namesake: it served the U.S. military and later the Federal Government; lives in South Carolina; is lumbering and unattractive; fought strongly for segregation; and fathered an illegitimate black child.

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