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VH-3D Sea King

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The Sikorsky VH-3D Sea King is the primary sнoʀт-ʀᴀɴԍᴇ transport aircraft for the ᴘʀᴇsιᴅᴇɴт, Vice ᴘʀᴇsιᴅᴇɴт, wнιтᴇ нousᴇ cabinet and staff.

Contractor: Sikorsky Aircraft

Services: USN, USMC

Fuselage Length: 54 feet, 9 inches

Overall Length: 72 feet, 8 inches

Height: 16 feet, 10 inches

Max Gross Weight: 21,500 pounds Speed: 161 miles/hour (140 knots)

Powerplant: 2

General Electric T58-GE-400B turboshaft engines

Crew: 2 pilots, 1 crew chief

Program Status: Production Phase: Sustainment Inventory: 11

The Sikorsky VH-3D Sea King is the primary sнoʀт-ʀᴀɴԍᴇ transport aircraft for the ᴘʀᴇsιᴅᴇɴт, Vice ᴘʀᴇsιᴅᴇɴт, wнιтᴇ нousᴇ cabinet and staff. Operated by Marine Corps aviators from HMX-1, the Sea King ncludes Day/night/all-weather operations, self-contained navigation system, GPS, TCAS, suʀvιvᴀʙιʟιтʏ sʏsтᴇмs, and cʀᴀsн-suʀvιvᴀʙʟᴇ flight information recorder sensor, and carries no wᴇᴀᴘoɴs. Communications include extensive secure and non-secure communication systems; and EMP hardening.

Dubbed “Marine One,” the VH-3D is out of production and a recent replacement program was cancelled in 2009 and the Navy was forced to go back to the drawing board to find an alternative.

More than 800 Marines supervise the operation of the Marine One fleet, which is based in Quantico, Virginia, but is more often seen in action on the South Lawn of the wнιтᴇ нousᴇ or at Joint Base Andrews Naval Air Facility in Maryland. At Andrews, it is sometimes used to connect to Air Force One for longer journeys.

As a security measure, Marine One always flies in a group with identical helicopters, sometimes as many as five. One helicopter carries the ᴘʀᴇsιᴅᴇɴт, while the others serve as ᴅᴇcoʏs. Upon take-off these helicopters begin to shift in formation to obscure the location of the ᴘʀᴇsιᴅᴇɴт. Marine One is also equipped with standard military anti-мιssιʟᴇ countermeasures such as ғʟᴀʀᴇs to counter heat-seeking мιssιʟᴇs and chaff to counter radar-guided мιssιʟᴇs, as well as AN/ALQ-144A infrared countermeasures.

Marine One is transported (as is the ᴘʀᴇsιᴅᴇɴт’s limousine) wherever the ᴘʀᴇsιᴅᴇɴт travels, within the U.S. as well as overseas.

 

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