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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 BillyBatson on 5/8/2014 2:20:50 PM , Rating: 3
I served in the USAF as a jet engine mechanic on the MH-53 Pave Low made by Sikorsky. These birds can take a ridiculous amount of wear and abuse however they can be very fickle as well where the smallest thing can ground them for hours, days, or weeks. As time goes on you replace more and more of the aircraft; the engines only have a certain serviceable life span before they get replaced (that time is shortened is flying in desert sand conditions or cold climate conditions, the structural integrity starts to fail and when you keep repairing it in these obvious stress locations and strengthen them you actually weaken other parts of the aircraft that will become less and less predictable as time goes on, the older the aircraft the longer it stays grounded for repairs over time, and though maintenance costs decrease once aircraft are in full production at the end-of-life portion if their service parts increase in cost again as fewer parts are made in an effort to phase out a model or push customers to new models and all military helicopters introduced into service before the 1990's are all being phased out.
30-40 year old helicopters are just too old to be safe especially enough for a president to be taxied in.

RE: I hate to say it but
By FITCamaro on 5/8/14, Rating: 0
RE: I hate to say it but
By BillyBatson on 5/8/2014 7:11:50 PM , Rating: 2
haha I will keep that in mind :) .

RE: I hate to say it but
By Jeffk464 on 5/8/2014 11:25:58 PM , Rating: 2
Hurlburt? maybe 98-2004

RE: I hate to say it but
By BillyBatson on 5/10/2014 11:47:03 PM , Rating: 2
Yes Hurlburt, 2002-2005

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