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Sikorsky VH-60 White Hawk

Presidential / VIP Transport Helicopter

Sikorsky VH-60 White Hawk

Presidential / VIP Transport Helicopter

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OVERVIEW



The Sikorsky VH-60N White Hawk - based on the ubiquitous UH-60 Black Hawk - becomes Marine One when the President of the United States is aboard.
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ORIGIN: United States
YEAR: 1988
STATUS: Active, In-Service
MANUFACTURER(S): United Technologies / Sikorsky Aircraft - USA
PRODUCTION: 9
OPERATORS: United States
SPECIFICATIONS



Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Sikorsky VH-60 White Hawk model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
CREW: 4
LENGTH: 64.83 feet (19.76 meters)
WIDTH: 53.67 feet (16.36 meters)
HEIGHT: 16.83 feet (5.13 meters)
WEIGHT (EMPTY): 10,624 pounds (4,819 kilograms)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 23,501 pounds (10,660 kilograms)
ENGINE: 2 x General Electric T700-GE-401 turboshaft engines driving a four-bladed main rotor and a four-bladed tail rotor.
SPEED (MAX): 183 miles-per-hour (295 kilometers-per-hour; 159 knots)
RANGE: 1,379 miles (2,220 kilometers; 1,199 nautical miles)
CEILING: 18,996 feet (5,790 meters; 3.60 miles)
RATE-OF-CLIMB: 700 meters (213 meters-per-minute)




ARMAMENT



None. Countermeasures are carried to protect against incoming missile threats.
VARIANTS



Series Model Variants
• VH-60N "WhiteHawk" - Base Series Designation


HISTORY



Detailing the development and operational history of the Sikorsky VH-60 White Hawk Presidential / VIP Transport Helicopter.  Entry last updated on 11/18/2017. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com.
The Sikorsky VH-60N "White Hawk" is a Presidential ("Marine One") and government-level VIP transport operated by the United States Marine Corps (USMC). The helicopter is based on the ubiquitous Sikorsky UH-60 "Black Hawk" transport used throughout the world. More specifically, VH-60N is a UH-60A production model with elements of the SH-60B and SH-60F "Seahawk" navy helicopters added. The White Hawk first entered service in 1988 and continues in its role today (2014) while some nine total airframes have been delivered. The helicopter is only recognized as "Marine One" when the President is actually onboard and "Marine Two" designates the helicopter when the Vice President is the high-ranking member being transported. The Marine One fleet is looked after by some 800 USMC personnel and based out of MCAF Quantico, Virginia. Marine Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-1) is the USMC squadron charged with the safe transportation of the United States President.

The VH-60N was initially known as VH-60D "Night Hawk". This early version was an HH-60D with 2 x General Electric T700-GE-401C turboshaft engines while its internals were appropriately configured for the VIP passenger transport role.

In service, the President's helicopter is typically flanked by other VH-60Ns to disguise the actual helicopter carrying the American Commander-in-Chief. Pilots of VH-60N are dressed in their Blue Dress uniforms (as opposed to flight suits). To protect the President's location within the airborne fleet, the helicopters attempt to fly irregular patterns. Furthermore, they are outfitted with military-grade countermeasures to combat for incoming missile threats from the ground or air-launched. The fleet is air-transported anywhere in the world where the President is visiting - allowing the familiar, well-versed transport process to be carried over from homeland to overseas and back.

Several recent helicopter programs have failed to find a suitable Presidential helicopter replacement leaving the VH-60N with several more years of service ahead of it.




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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 200mph
Lo: 100mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (183mph).

    Graph average of 150 miles-per-hour.
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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