USMC Presidential Chopper Squadron to Get MV-22s

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  1. Neil

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    Here’s another piece of cool V-22 Osprey news to emerge from the Navy League’s Sea, Air, Space conference; HMX-1, the Marine Corps chopper squadron that operates the fleet of Marine One presidential transport helos is set to receive the first of what will be a fleet of 14 MV-22s, starting in 2013 .
    This was revealed by Marine Col. Greg Masiello, NAVAIR’s V-22 program manager during a press briefing at the conference yesterday.
    The Ospreys will likely be replacing the unit’s VH-53 Sea Stallions (shown below) which are sometimes used to transport the president’s gear and perform other utility duties for the squadron. The aging VH-53s are being pulled out of presidential support duty to return to normal cargo hauling missions until the Corps’ thinning fleet of Sea Stallions is retired in the coming years, said Col. Roger Pridgen, NAVAIR’s H-53 program manager earlier this week.
    UPDATE: While Pridgen said H-53Ds during his briefing, HMX-1, as of late, flew VH-53Es, which are being sent back to the fleet.
    Keep in mind that Boeing is pitching the V-22 as a potential replacement for HMX-1’s current fleet of VH-3 and VH-60 presidential transports under the revised VXX program. Hmmm, could this open the door for such a deal?
    Oh yeah, Col. Masiello also noted that the very first MV-22 squadron to be based outside the United States will stand up in Okinawa in October of 2012.


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    http://defensetech.org/2011/04/13/usmc-presidential-chopper-squadron-to-get-mv-22s/
     
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  3. Neil

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    Presidential V-22s on schedule for delivery in 2013

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    Aircraft 209, the fourth MV-22 to be assigned to the Presidential Support Squadron awaits attachment of the tail empennage (painted the iconic dark green of the squadron) on the Bell V-22 assembly plant production floor in Amarillo, Texas, Dec. 1.

    The first MV-22 is on schedule to be delivered to Marine Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-1), the Marine squadron that provides executive level logistics and passenger support to the president, in early 2013. The MV-22s will replace the CH-46Es currently operating with the squadron.


    Presidential V-22s on schedule for delivery in 2013 | NAVAIR - U.S. Navy Naval Air Systems Command - Navy and Marine Corps Aviation Research, Development, Acquisition, Test and Evaluation
     
  5. Neil

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    n i always thought V22 is one of the most dangerous thing flying around...but if V22 are getting inducted in the POTUS fleet have to say they must have matured pretty well....!!
     
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    Keeping fingers crossed.:shocked:
     
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    Oh cool! Comes in President Obama's Chicago White Sox colours!!
     
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    Guys I think I should make somthing clear- this news is NOT saying the V-22 will be flying the POTUS anytime soon. What you need to understand is that the USMC's Presitdental airlft group (Marine Helicopter Squadron One, HMX-1) is made up of two elemeants, the POTUS carrier helos- "MARINE ONE" (the "Whitetops") and the support helos (all green). The former is either the VH-3D Sea King or the VH-60N "WhiteHawk". The VH-60 is smaller but it is easily transportable via C-17 so the VH-3D is mainly used in within the US and that too normally within the NE of the US wheras you will always see "Marine One"in foreign nations being the VH-60 these days. The support/utility helos are made up of CH-64 Sea Knights and until recently the CH-53E Super Stallions used to transport the POTUS' entourage. The MV-22 will be replacing the aforementioned CH-53E (as mentioned in the article) and from 2017 the CH-53K will also begin service in the supoort role in HMX-1. As such this news has no bearing on the "White tops" and as such this doesn't realate to the helo the POTUS will fly.


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    The replecment for the "White tops" is still to be decided and as such there is the VXX that was cancelled by Obama but will probably soon restart. Previously the VH-71, a variant of the AW-101 (the same VVIP helo being inducted by the IAF for executive use incidentally!) had won the competition.
     
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    VXX Presidential Helicopters procurement program was taking billions, It was better to cancel it maybe
     
  11. Neil

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    very true bro....!!

    but no matter what an aircraft or heli being a part of POTUS fleet is significant in every sense-considering V22 had tons of critics....
     
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