Thu, Aug 05, 2004
Northrop Grumman Hosts Sikorsky VH-92 Presidential
In a flight demonstration event for employees and guests,
Northrop Grumman Corporation hosted Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.'s VH-92
Presidential Helicopter demonstrator Monday at Palwaukee Municipal
Airport in the greater Chicago metropolitan area.
Northrop Grumman and Sikorsky are partners on the All-American
Team, which is bidding to build the next fleet of helicopters to
serve as Marine One, the helicopter that transports the president
of the United States. Northrop Grumman is supplying aircraft
survivability equipment to the VH-92. The All-American Team also
includes FlightSafety International, L-3 Communications Integrated
Systems, Rockwell Collins, Vought Aircraft Industries, and General
Electric Aircraft Engines.
"The president of the United States must be transported by the
safest, most advanced helicopter in the world," said James Cameron,
vice president and general manager of Northrop Grumman's Defensive
Systems Division. "Northrop Grumman is excited to be in a position
to continue to offer our proven advanced technology products in
support of this important mission."
The demonstration VH-92 that flew today is on a multistate
tour to its partners' facilities and other locations for flight
demonstrations and press events.
"We call ourselves the All-American Team because these
companies represent the best America's aerospace industry has to
offer," said Joseph Haddock, Sikorsky's vice president for business
development. "There's no better example than Northrop Grumman, an
All-American company in every sense of the term."
The VH-92 is a derivative of the Sikorsky S-92, the first
and only helicopter in the world certified to the Federal Aviation
Administration's latest and most stringent safety standards as well
as the latest safety standards of the European Aviation Safety
Agency/Joint Aviation Authorities. In 2002 the S-92 won the Collier
Trophy for the "greatest achievement in aerospace" by the National
Aeronautic Association. Sikorsky has built and maintained the
presidential helicopter fleet since 1957.
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