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Proper: President George W. Bush boards Marine One, piloted by the squadron commander, Col Ray “Frenchy” L’Heureux, and Maj Jeremy Deveau, in a carry from Kennebunkport, Maine, to Portsmouth, N.H., on this July 3, 2007, photograph. The crew chief is SSgt Timothy Smith, and the safety guard is LCpl James Anderson.

Under: HMX- 1 assist of the President started when President Eisenhower (seated on this 1957 photograph) wanted a protected and responsive technique of short-range transportation.

COUR TES Y OF LTCOL GLEN BUTLER

“Marine One”—

Welcome Aboard

By P. T. Brent

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MAGINE: You’re on board “ Marine One,” passing over the nation’s capital a mere 200 toes above the bottom, on a brief last method to the south garden of the White Home. The Washington Monument, at 555 toes, towers over you. The individuals under are waving. You could have clearance to enter one of the extremely restricted airspaces on the planet.

You’re on board one of the storied

and historic helicopters, both the venerable Sikorsky VH-3D or the Sikorsky VH-60N. Your helicopter’s all-weather functionality ensures that the nation’s Commander in Chief will likely be assured protected and well timed transport to and from touchdown zones and areas that in any other case may take hours wherein to drive. Better of all, your journey is accomplished in consolation and with a communications functionality similar to that of the Oval Workplace.

It began in 1957 at President Dwight David “Ike” Eisenhower’s summer time residence on Aquidneck Island, R.I., which is the house of the Naval Warfare Faculty. Ike wanted to return to the White Home shortly. Usually, for President Eisenhower the trek again to Washington, D.C., required an hour-long ferry experience adopted by a 45- minute flight to Andrews Air Pressure Base, Md., and a 30-minute motorcade to the White Home. What a commute!

Clearly, there was a necessity to create a sooner option to return to the White Home. “Air Pressure One” was stationed at Andrews Air Pressure Base, however that large jet simply wasn’t fitted to shut journeys. President Eisenhower instructed his workers to discover a extra expeditious option to hyperlink up with Air Pressure One.

A Marine Helicopter Squadron One (HMX- 1) UH- 34 Seahorse helicopter was stationed close to Aquidneck Island at Naval Air Station Quonset Level, R.I., in case of an emergency. It might be used to fly the President to his awaiting plane. Presi-

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