The next presidential helicopter is coming

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Artist’s rendering of the Marine Corps VH-92A aircraft.
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Sikorsky/Lockheed Martin

Since 1953, Sikorsky’s helicopters have served every US commander in chief since President Dwight D. Eisenhower, and that legacy is poised to continue with the VH-92A program.

Sikorsky Aircraft, a unit of Lockheed Martin, won the $1.24 billion US Navy contract in 2014 to develop six new presidential helicopters.

On Monday, Lockheed Martin announced that the VH-92A team “successfully demonstrated that the design meets the system requirements.”

In short, it’s all happening.

The aircraft will now enter production, and test flights are scheduled for 2017.

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Hey, gorgeous.
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Sikorsky/Lockheed Martin