Del'd: 11 - 1975 to present

US Marine Corps VH-3D Sea King

The VH-3D is a twin engine, all-weather helicopter flown by Marine Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-1) to transport the President of the United States. It is based on the Navy SH-3 Sea King antisubmarine helicopter and received the callsign Marine One when the president is on board. The VH-3D was first delivered to HMX-1 in December 1974 as a replacement for the VH-3A, which entered service in 1963. By the end of 1976, the VH-3A had been completely replaced by the VH-3D.

It was intended to be replaced by the Lockheed Martin VH-71 Kestrel, a derivative of the AgustaWestland AW.101 but President Obama cancelled the program in February 2009

As of 2015 they are still in use and scheduled to be replaced by the VH-92 by 2020

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VH-3D Cabin Interiors to be Upgraded , 25-Sep-15 : Five Marine One VH-3D will receive new cabin interior kits to reduce the total gross weight of the aircraft and allow for greater lift capability

New H-3 for support of presidential airlift training, 13-Dec-12 : The US Navy has awarded a $25.3 million contract to Sikorsky Aircraft Corp (SAC) in Stratford, Conn., to convert a H-3 helicopter to a flyable trainer aircraft in support of the presidential airlift program, according to contract documents released this Thursday through the Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps) website.


YearsUnitsbold : Current base of the Unit
1974/    HMX-1 MCAF Quantico / Turner Field
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C/NBuiltID     In this OrgIn other Org

61-724     159350: HMX-1
61-725     159351: HMX-1
61-726     159352: USMC HMX-1; late nov95 in United Kingdom for visit President+
61-727     159353: USMC HMX-1; end may97 in Netherlands for visit president Cli+
61-728     159354: HMX-1
61-729     159355: USMC HMX-1; early Jun07 in Poland for visit President George+
61-730     159356: USMC, HMX-1
61-731     159357: USMC HMX-1; Nov95 in United Kingdom for visit President Clin+
61-732     159358: HMX-1
61-733     159359: HMX-1
61-734     159360: 18jan09 pictured (bot) during President Obama Inauguration

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