This is a picture they don’t want you to see – the VH-71A presidential helicopter landing for the first time on the White House lawn. Sorry about the abysmal quality, but this is the first evidence that milestone ever occurred.
Earlier this year, Lockheed Martin conducted rotor downwash testing on the White House lawn using TV-1, an AgustaWestland EH101 on loan from the Italian navy. But no pictures were ever released.
Why? Nobody is saying. Perhaps it’s because this helicopter is painted plain grey. The first VH-71 to carry the signature green-and-white scheme of the Marine One presidential helicopter has yet to arrive in the USA.