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The Sikorsky VH-92 to become next generation "Marine One"

Sikorsky Aircraft Co. has a long history with the U.S. Department of Defense and the President of the United States. Every U.S. President — starting with Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1957 — has flown aboard a Sikorsky helicopter.
Whenever the President is aboard one of the current Sikorsky VH-3D Sea King or VH-60N WhiteHawk aircraft, its designation is changed to “Marine One.”
Sikorsky will continue to shuttle the President around for the foreseeable future thanks to a new $1.2 billion contract to build the next generation Presidential helicopter fleet. The next generation VH-92, which is a variant of the production Sikorsky S-92A that has been in service since 2004, will “integrate government defined mission systems” and feature “an executive interior” fitting for the President of the United States.

“For 57 years, our company has been trusted with the critical responsibility of building and supporting a safe and reliable helicopter fleet for the President of the United States," said Sikorsky President Mick Maurer. "We are proud of our record and the bright future for our company. We stand ready to deliver the next Marine One, the world’s most advanced executive transport helicopter.”
Six test aircraft will be produced during the Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) phase, and an additional 17 operational helicopters will be produced. It should be noted, however, that four of the six test VH-92s will be converted to operational duty leaving the U.S. Marine Corps with 21 aircraft at its disposal.

The current fleet consists of eight VH-60N (in service since the 1980s) and eleven VH-34 (in service since 1974) helicopters.
The VH-92 will first go into service in 2020, or just as the next President of the United States is finishing up his (or her) first term in office.

Sources: NAVAIR News [1], [2], Sikorsky

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RE: I hate to say it but
By FITCamaro on 5/8/2014 12:38:40 PM , Rating: 2
The government would collapse before we got there.

RE: I hate to say it but
By stm1185 on 5/8/2014 12:45:16 PM , Rating: 2
I get a new truck every decade, if I had a helicopter, I'd probably replace it similarly.

RE: I hate to say it but
By Jeffk464 on 5/9/2014 5:08:57 PM , Rating: 2
I get a new truck every decade

Really my tacoma is 7 months short of a decade old and feels the same as when it was new.

RE: I hate to say it but
By kattanna on 5/8/2014 12:55:12 PM , Rating: 2
what.. you dont like the idea on the woman being on top


RE: I hate to say it but
By Argon18 on 5/8/2014 2:47:19 PM , Rating: 1
" what.. you dont like the idea on the woman being on top"

I hope she runs, because I want to see her fail hard and lose, so I can laugh.

And that has nothing to do with her being a woman; it has to do with her being a clueless has-been, who's been living in a bubble (under 24/7 Secret Service protection) for the past 20 years. She's completely out of touch with the average American.

This is no different from my opinion of Obama. I've no problem with a black man as President. In fact, I rather like the idea. But I want a competent and experienced black man as President. Not a clueless "community organizer" where it's painfully obvious he has never had a single day of executive management experience in his life.

RE: I hate to say it but
By DigitalFreak on 5/8/2014 3:32:56 PM , Rating: 2
Nearly every politician is out of touch with the average American.

RE: I hate to say it but
By Dorkyman on 5/8/2014 6:11:56 PM , Rating: 2
It's a question of degree. No one is quite out of touch as much as the Organizer. Then on top of that, he thinks he walks on water. Not a good combination.

RE: I hate to say it but
By Jeffk464 on 5/8/2014 11:23:34 PM , Rating: 2
Politicians are in touch with their corporate purse strings.

RE: I hate to say it but
By FITCamaro on 5/8/2014 3:15:10 PM , Rating: 2
If Hillary was your wife, would you? *shudder*

RE: I hate to say it but
By StormyKnight on 5/8/2014 11:42:23 PM , Rating: 2
Only if she is hot and knows what she is doing. Hillary does not meet those qualifications or comes close.

RE: I hate to say it but
By BRB29 on 5/9/2014 8:10:46 AM , Rating: 1
Most women are not hot and you simply don't see them because you automatically ignore them when you do. Surveys suggest that less than 4% of women are considered "hot".

Just about every men out there claims they would only do her if she's "hot". Well...I guess the vast majority of men are boning the same 4% of women?

RE: I hate to say it but
By marvdmartian on 5/9/2014 7:36:01 AM , Rating: 2
I doubt Hillary qualifies as a woman, since she would have to be human to do so.

Female? Yes. Human? Probably not!

RE: I hate to say it but
By Samus on 5/9/2014 1:30:19 AM , Rating: 2
Relax, the US Government is like HP. It takes a long time to sink a Titanic. Unless you nail an iceberg and slice a 100m tear along the haul.

I guess that'd be the federal equivalent of Zombies or a nuclear crisis, or the HP equivalent of printers eating their owners or attempting another smartphone only to cancel it 9 months later...

“We do believe we have a moral responsibility to keep porn off the iPhone.” -- Steve Jobs

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