Presidential Chinooks?




 
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April 6th, 2005  
Whispering Death
 
 

Topic: Presidential Chinooks?


I go to college just a few miles from Bush's Crawford ranch and I saw something interesting today. Marine 1 and 2 where flying in the sky today, which was awsome to see, but also there where 2 twin-engine helos that I think where Chinooks flying in formation with them. I saw all four helos twice, going both towards the airport and then away from it about 4 hours later. Anway, I was wondering if any of you knew why Marine 1 and 2 would be flying with two larger helos?
April 6th, 2005  
MilidarUSMC
 
 
there CH-46D helicopters, they are apart of HMX-1 presidential support group. there are several possibilites some being that they were carrying high end support or the president was on the Aircraft and they have 3 as decoys, i dont know but thats what i would think.
April 6th, 2005  
03USMC
 
 
Sea Knights not Chinnok
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April 6th, 2005  
Whispering Death
 
 
You guys are correct, I haven't seen a Sea Knight in real life before.

By the way, I was surprised at how big Marine 1 and 2 are... I kinda' thought they'd be like the size of a Huey but those guys are really quite large just to transport 1 guy

Anyway, I'm still interested in why there where CH46Ds in with Marine 1 and 2. I mean, not much of a decoy seeing as they're completely different aircraft... that'd be like mistaking a B-52 for an F-14. I would have thought the prez would have cobras and apaches in an escort instead of heavy transport helos?
April 6th, 2005  
03USMC
 
 
Logistics birds. Carrying gear and personel would be my guess.
April 6th, 2005  
Trevor
 
Why do they still have Sea Kings as presidential Helicopters. You'd think they would have upgraded by now. I know I can't really say much for the Canadian military, as we have just upgraded recently.
April 6th, 2005  
Mikey
 
Maybe extra secret service or support staff. Hey here is a question for you techo guys. Can you squeeze a limo or car in a chinook?
April 6th, 2005  
03USMC
 
 
No I doubt it. Sea Knights are Medium lift. They'd have to sling load it. CH53 Super Sea Stallions are the heavy lift helos.
April 6th, 2005  
Pete031
 
 
Sea Knights are great Birds, Used them in Haiti during some Joint Ops with the 8th Marines....
April 6th, 2005  
03USMC
 
 
I always felt safer on a Sea Knight as opposed to CH53E. The whole tail boom failure thing the Super Stallions had in the 80's gave me the willies