Future “Marine One” VH-92 U.S. Presidential transport Helicopters Flying In Formation
The Sikorsky/Lockheed Martin VH-92 is an American helicopter that will replace the United States Marine Corps’ Marine One U.S. Presidential transport fleet. It is a military variant of the Sikorsky S-92.
It’s amazing to think that the helicopters that will finally replace the VH-3D and VH-60N in the Marine One role will start flying in conjunction with that mission operationally by the end of this year.
By 2023, the entire fleet of 11 VH-3Ds and 8 VH-60Ns will be replaced by 23 VH-92s, ending a long run by both helicopters in the prestigious role and especially by the Sea King based VH-3D.
With its in-service date rapidly approaching and no major issues holding it back—at least according to official documentation—it makes sense that intense testing and training is underway around the Washington, D.C. area. This provided a great opportunity to aviation photographer Blend Qatipi who snapped beautiful photos of the soon to be Presidential helos as they flew over Potomac River. The photo of two information is the first like it we have seen.
The photos give us amazingly clear views of the latest VH-92A configuration, which includes major new addition.
Helicopter That Will Replace Marine One
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- Crew: 2
- Capacity: 19 passengers
- Length: 56 ft 2 in
- Rotor diameter: 56 ft 4 in
- Height: 15 ft 5 in
- Max. takeoff weight: 27,700 lb
- Rotor systems: The Main rotor has 4 blades. From the main gearbox, a set of driveshafts connect to the tail gearbox to turn the 4-blade tail rotor.
- Powerplant: 2 × General Electric CT7-8A turboshaft, 2,520 shp (1,879 kW) each
- Maximum speed: 165 knots
- Cruise speed: 151 kn, 174 mph
- Range: 539 nmi
- Service ceiling: 14,000 ft
- Disc loading: 9.8 lb/ft²
- Power/mass: 0.23 hp/lb