VH-71 presidential helo on the White House lawn

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.

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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.

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