Reference News Network reported on June 13 that in a few years, the White House will receive the first batch of new helicopters.
The Star-Spangled Banner website reported on June 11 that Sikorsky Aircraft Company won a US Navy contract of $542 million to deliver six VH-92A helicopters in 221, thus starting the first phase of replacing 19 old presidential helicopters.
According to a statement released on October 10, Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin, will build a total of 23 helicopters by 2023 to transport the President, Vice President and foreign heads of state.
Reported that the helicopter used to pick up the President was called Marine Corps 1. They are also known as white-topped helicopters (because their fuselage is military green, only the top is white), piloted by Marine Corps 1st Helicopter Squadron pilots.
Pentagon officials called for an upgrade of the presidential fleet after the September 11 incident to enhance security in delivering the president. However, the oldest helicopter still serving in the Presidential Fleet was built in 1975.
Pictured here is a promotional photo of the HMX-1 squadron. The VH-3D Marine I helicopter is taking off from the South Lawn of the White House.
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