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US President Joe Biden is just months away from making his first ride in the new Presidential VH-92 helicopter, which, when he climbs aboard, will become the first new âMarine Oneâ in more than 40 years.
All the necessary parts are in place for a transition to the VH-92A from the former VH-3D Sea King, which entered service in 1976, according to Marine Corps Major General Greg Masiello, program manager. of aerial anti-submarine warfare. , assault and special mission programs at US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR).
Marine Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-1) is currently piloting the first four Sikorsky VH-92 helicopters, and delivery of two more is “imminent,” Masiello said Aug. 3 in a briefing at the annual Sea-Air conference. -Space of the Navy League. outside of Washington, DC These two will be the first two representative aircraft in production, rather than test items.
The VH-92 made its first public sortie on July 4, 2019, during President Trump’s Independence Day Extravaganza on the National Mall. He was first seen performing test landings on the White House lawn in 2018 and has been an occasional presence in DC skies since then.
âThe squadron and the program are ready today,â Masiello said. âSo we have enough planes for the initial use. We have enough trained pilots. We have the support equipment. We have all that stuff.