Fri, Jun 23, 2006
"Most Photographed Helicopter In History" Now Home
A now-retired Sikorsky
VH-3D Sea King helicopter that served four American presidents
arrived Wednesday at the Richard M. Nixon Library & Birthplace
in Yorba Linda, CA, where it will be permanently displayed as part
of a public exhibition opening July 1.
As Aero-News first reported last
November, the six-ton chopper was refurbished at March
Air Force Base in Riverside County. It arrived at the museum
earlier this week on a flatbed, sans rotorblades and doors --
prompting several non-paying gawkers to clamor along the sidewalk
for a better look.
"We're going to put a 10-foot-high wall to surround it," said
one museum official.
The helicopter once served Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon
and Ford... even serving as President Nixon's Marine One during a
tour of Vietnam's combat zone in 1969.
Perhaps its best known trip, however, came five years later...
as the helicopter carried a disgraced but defiant Nixon away from
the White House, after he resigned his presidency following the
Watergate scandal (above).
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