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VH-1N Marine One

The VH-1N were refurbished at Bell for Presidential use. They were fitted with both AFCS and a stab bar. The interior had wall to wall carpeting, buckets seats and a wet bar. The dog house on top was the Bell 214ST configuration, modified to fit on top of the bleed air, air conditioning system. The cargo door was modified to make the cabin a four door by cutting the cargo door in half and hard mounting the wing door between the two halves. The aircraft were fitted with a Sperry Ram System, which allowed the pilot to set in a destination coordinates and fly there hands free.

Some were green tops while others were called white tops. President Carter disposed of all six while he was in office. President Reagan brought them back from the "bone yard" at Davis-Monthan AFB in Arizona and they were used during the 80s by the US Marines HMX-1 presidential unit at Quantico, Virginia. When the Sikorsky VH-60N Whitehawk came along in the 90s, they were returned to the bone yard.

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