The Presidential motorcade pulls alongside Marine One as it gets ready to head to Joint Base Andrews:
Is that large black SUV carrying Secret Service agents an Escalade ESV?
The President’s limousine is known as “The Beast.” The orange-haired leader heads to the aircraft:
The stairway into the helicopter has been lowered for passenger boarding:
Marine One underway on its mission:
About my design work:
This model is designed to be buildable and playable. On the portside roof near the rotor mast, the gray knob is geared to spin the main rotor. The tail rotor spins freely. I set the tail rotor at an angle just as the real thing.
The roof of the pilot’s cabin is removable. Cockpit control boards are present.
The main cabin roof with main rotor is removable in one piece revealing the passenger seating plan.
The tricycle landing gear can all be retracted. A cutaway view below shows how the landing gear is hinged; when lowered, the red and yellow elements shown at a 90-degree angle would be aligned at zero. One modification I need to explore is a locking technique for when the wheels are down and perhaps a turntable to make the front wheels steerable:
The design for this helicopter has a rear ramp, which I have included as a working function (after doing a cutaway of some parts of the tail boom in order to give you a better view in this picture):
The only thing missing in the model for now are some decals and insignia. Maybe soon …
About the aircraft:
Versions of this aircraft are already in testing, including at the White House lawn on 22 September 2018:
Sikorsky won the contract to replace the fleet of aging helicopters which includes a fleet of Sikorsky S-61 SH-3 Sea King / Marine One VH-3D aircraft. The new fleet using this design will eventually number 23 aircraft. This will be the third Sikorsky design to win the competition to be “Marine One,” which includes a variant of Sikorsky’s HH-60 “Blackhawk” chopper. Sikorsky also sells a civilian version of VH-92A called the S-92.
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