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#3149 2008-09-22 19:51 GMT-5 hours    
FIRST VH-71 PRESIDENTIAL HELICOPTER PRODUCTION AIRCRAFT TAKES FLIGHT


Yeovil, UK, September 22, 2008.

The VH-71 presidential helicopter program achieved another major milestone today when the first operational pilot production helicopter (PP-1) completed its maiden flight at Agusta-Westland's facility in Yeovil, England.
"We're seeing real progress and execution on this program," said U.S. Navy VH-71 program manager Capt. Donald Gaddis..."With agreement on the way forward and a more realistic schedule, we can build on the momentum we have generated as we deliver the increment one helicopters to the Marine Corps and White House and move into the increment two phase."
A U.S. Air Force crew will transport the helicopter aboard a C-17 cargo aircraft to U.S. Naval Air Station Patuxent River, MD, in early October..."The maiden flight of PP-1 is a tremendous accomplishment for the VH-71 program...as expected it performed exceptionally during its 40 minute flight," said Stephen C. Moss, CEO of AgustaWestland North America.
"It is a great honor to design and build the next presidential helicopter and I look forward to adding it to the U.S. Department of Defense inventory."
"Every aircraft that flies brings us a step closer to fielding helicopters that will serve the office of the president," said Jeff Bantle, Lockheed Martin vice president and general manager of the VH-71 program.
"We've got systems integration laboratories online, helicopters in flight test and more in production for final command and control systems integration. It's crucial now for us to leverage what we've accomplished in the last few years and charge ahead to complete this phase and continue into the next phase."
PP-1 is the first of five VH-71 production aircraft that will complete the initial phase, or increment one, of the presidential helicopter replacement program, designed to meet an urgent need for new helicopters. Increment two will provide 23 operational helicopters with increased range and upgraded navigation and communications systems that fulfill White House requirements to maintain continuity of government and allow the president to carry out the duties of the office. Some of the current presidential helicopters have been flying since the 1970s, and are scheduled to begin phasing out of operational service at a rate of three per year beginning in 2017.
Lockheed Martin Systems Integration-Owego is the prime contractor and systems integrator for the VH-71 program with overall responsibility for the program and aircraft system.
Agusta-Westland, the principal subcontractor to Lockheed Martin, has responsibility for the basic air vehicle design, production build, and basic air vehicle support functions.
More than 200 suppliers in 41 states support the VH-71 program. Headquartered in Bethesda, MD, Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 140,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.
The corporation reported 2007 sales of $41.9 billion.AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is the global leader in designing, manufacturing and supporting the world's most technologically advanced helicopters. With more than 100 years of experience in the aerospace industry, Agusta-Westland provides a full range of rotorcraft for every commercial, government and military application, and an unrivalled capability in training and support solutions.










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#3150 2008-09-23 23:01 GMT-5 hours    
They should give him a MH-6 Little Bird, and if Cheney wants to play guns again, strap him on the skid.

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#3151 2008-09-24 00:38 GMT-5 hours    
Well that's a fine-looking machine. I'm sure Obama will love flying in that.

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#3152 2008-09-24 16:46 GMT-5 hours    
Not so fast Ray. Johnny is gaining. Still any body's race. I like the idea of a former Naval Aviator as President myself.

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#3153 2008-09-24 17:55 GMT-5 hours    
Of course, I think either one will make a fine president.

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#3179 2008-10-06 00:17 GMT-5 hours    
Am I the only one who think it should be an American design? Probably, but the idea just makes sense to me. As long as it is the best design for the job.

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#3236 2008-11-02 17:06 GMT-5 hours    
To what extent the development is in the CSAR Progranm of the USAF? There the EH 101 should be also involved in the CSAR Konfiguartion. When is a decision to fall?

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#3237 2008-11-02 19:15 GMT-5 hours    
The HH-47 originally won the CSAR-X program but i guess after protest from Sikorsky it was canceled. Same as the KC-X program, this administration is not touching it, and leaving it for the next administration to deal with. As of right now all 3 are in the race agan for the CSAR i think, Sikorsky S92, Chinook and AW101.

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#3554 2009-01-24 20:47 GMT-5 hours    
At which timeline will get the President-Helikopters fly ???

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#3556 2009-01-25 12:38 GMT-5 hours    
Sometime in 2010 and VH-71B in 2017.

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