What is Marine One President Donald Trump’s bulletproof aircraft used to rescue him in an emergency

When President Donald Trump is not travelling in Air Force One, you might find him flying aboard Marine One.

It’s visually more modest than the plush Boeing VC-25A offering 4,000 square feet of floor space, set over three floors and with interior likened to that of a hotel.

But Marine One is more practical and smaller to travel the skies, but still state-of-the-art and among the special modes of transportation reserved for the president.

It accompanies Trump around the country and overseas and was built to rescue the president during an emergency.

It can reach 150mph and even continue flying if one of its three engines fail.

For security, Marine One travels in groups of up to five identical aircraft to serve as decoys.

It’s rare to see inside, but photos have surfaced showing the simple interior with blue curtains and and grey seats.

They are equipped with ballistic armor, secure communication lines to the White House and Pentagon, and antimissile defenses.

And wherever the helicopter lands, the president will always be greeted by a Marine.

It is green and white on the outside emblazoned with the words United States of America, and the American flag.

In 2009 former POTUS Barack Obama said the helicopter was very smooth, very impressive.

Marine One is also unusually quiet so Trump can speak without raising his voice to guests.

There is enough space for 14 passengers and the plane 16 feet 10 inches tall.

It also has a bathroom onboard.

Marine One refers to any aircraft of the U.S. Marine Corps transporting the president of the United States.

Since 1953 whenever the President is on board a military flight its call sign is the name of the armed service followed by the word One. Thus Air Force One, Army One, Coast Guard One, Marine One and Navy One.

Different helicopter models have been used over the years.

The Sikorsky VH-3A was introduced during the John F. Kennedy administration, and the VH-3D entered service during Jimmy Carter’s presidency.

The latter were supplemented with the VH-60N in the 1980s.

In 2014 work began on a fleet of VH-92 helicopters, which were based on the Sikorsky S-92.

The projected cost for each aircraft was more than $237 million.

Today, both the White Tops (VH-3Ds and VH-60Ns), usually fly the POTUS and accompanying VIPs.

A 21 helicopter fleet is anticipated by 2023.

The helicopters, dubbed white tops for their signature paint job, are flown by pilots from the Marine Helicopter Squadron One, better known as HMX-1 or Nighthawks.

Each year, only four pilots from HMX-1 Squadron have the honour of flying Marine One.

They are equipped with ballistic armor, secure communication lines to the White House and Pentagon, and antimissile defenses.

There is space for 14 passengers. It also has a bathroom.

In March 2008, the $6.1 billion cost of the 28 helicopters reportedly skyrocketed to $11.2 billion.

Any Marine Corps aircraft carrying the Vice President.

News Source MirrorNews

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