USMC Presidential Chopper Squadron to Get MV-22s

Here’s another piece of cool V-22 Osprey news to emerge from the Navy League’s Sea, Air, Space conference; HMX-1, the Marine Corps chopper squadron that operates the fleet of Marine One presidential transport helos is set to receive the first of what will be a fleet of 14 MV-22s, starting in 2013 .

This was revealed by Marine Col. Greg Masiello, NAVAIR’s V-22 program manager during a press briefing at the conference yesterday.

The Ospreys will likely be replacing the unit’s VH-53 Sea Stallions (shown below) which are sometimes used to transport the president’s gear and perform other utility duties for the squadron. The aging VH-53s are being pulled out of presidential support duty to return to normal cargo hauling missions until the Corps’ thinning fleet of Sea Stallions is retired in the coming years, said Col. Roger Pridgen, NAVAIR’s H-53 program manager earlier this week.

UPDATE: While Pridgen said H-53Ds during his briefing, HMX-1, as of late, flew VH-53Es, which are being sent back to the fleet.

Keep in mind that Boeing is pitching the V-22 as a potential replacement for HMX-1’s current fleet of VH-3 and VH-60 presidential transports under the revised VXX program. Hmmm, could this open the door for such a deal?

Oh yeah, Col. Masiello also noted that the very first MV-22 squadron to be based outside the United States will stand up in Okinawa in October of 2012.

  • Raraavis

    The Osprey makes a lot of sense in the Presidential Transport Role because of it’s range. The President could visit a lot of sites without even having to fire up Air Force One.

    • brian

      Yeah the fact that it can glide and land normally would probably make it overall safer transport, I think that they will not pick a first gen system to transport the president though.

    • Musson

      Maybe we are all missing the obvious here.

      Maybe this is the Joint Chief’s way of getting rid of the POTUS.

    • Musson

      I was hoping the President would get a flying Humvee.

  • Lamrani

    Please note the typo in the first sentence in the third paragraph: It is VH-53D not VH-43D Sea Stallions.

  • FormerDirtDart

    The V-22s have been slotted to replace HMX-1’s CH-46Fs for some time. Only thing that seems to have changed is that the VH-56Ds , which were supposed to be replaced by -56Ks, are now just going away??

  • tomatojuice

    In other news… Instead of old aging helos, they can fly away faster from aliens shooting out the white house. I.E. ID4

  • Brian

    They better fireproof the White House lawn.

  • Chops

    Isn’t there a fleet of 9 brand new choppers sitting in storage right now?Way to be fiscally responsible—what B S……..

    • moose

      The disposition of those 9 choppers haven’t been decided yet. They’re configured for VIP transport, and will probably get used in that role (by someone). These Ospreys are for hauling equipment and support personnel.

    • jamesb101


      Augusta Westland 101″s….

  • Jacob

    If you absolutely need a tiltrotor for the president, I’d say go with the BA609 instead. The one major design issue with the V-22 during its development was too much weight and not enough engine power to compensate for it. The BA609 has a smaller airframe and should be more stable in flight as well as easier to maintain.

    • blight

      Agreed, but then there’s the question if the BA609 has the room for the limited doodads the helicopters at present carry.

    • chuckI

      1 of the requirement is that the President has to be able to stand up straight in side the aircraft. So no UH60, etc.

    • Musson

      Southwest Airlines has proved that a single airframe choice can save a xload of $.

  • Stephen Russell

    VH43 Reuses:
    Air Tours over Hawaii
    Air Cargo runs to Mtns IE Rockies, Sierra Nevs Range etc.
    Firefighting wilderness
    SWAT PD Use for Unit.
    Harbor defense
    IF airframe reusable & new engines installed etc for Civil use.

  • Stephen Russell

    Pres MV22 Features?
    Extended fueslage
    EW Comm Pods
    defense pods
    mid air refuelling.
    & std MARINE 1 colors.

    Museumize the Sikorsky S67 types.

  • Chops

    Why would you delete my comment ?

  • Chops

    The site administrator will not allow my comments./So much for freedom of speech you bums

  • karlito caliente

    I think there was a typo it is the VH-53 and not VH-43… is that correct?
    Also, the gliding characteristics of the osprey are… limited. It can’t really land it its “airplaine” configuration because the prop arcs extend beyond the lower limit of the fuselage by several feet. Also to whoever posted the fireproofing the lawn comment… that is a great point. At one point they were having problems with extended exhaust from the engines warping deck plates ( several inch thick steel) on amphib landing ships so the presidential lawn might get fried if they ever do decide to utilize this platform for the President.

  • jamesb101

    Straight up…..This is shoving the MV-22 right down the throat of the White House…..

  • jamesb101

    You wannna save money people…

    Let ‘The Man’ ride in the 101’s…
    They are paid for….
    They fly faster, further and are bigger than anything Sikorsky will offer…
    They are about 30 years younger than what the President is flying in…

    They can be on line in less than 6 months….
    NOT 6 years and billions of dollars more….

    Everybody here is chomping at the bit…
    But the fact that Obama and Gates deep sixed the 101’s is a disgrace….

  • Jeff Fraser

    While I think the Osprey is the coolest thing since sliced bread… I agree. Its still working out some kinks that I think should discourage use as the POTUS transport.

  • Oblat

    “USMC Presidential Chopper Squadron to Get MV-22s”

    …to carry the Presidents luggage.

    Good enough for the luggage, but you wouldn’t want to risk the Presidents dog in one.

  • jamesb101


    I’m going let everyone know something…..

    Obama has rode in the MV-22…..
    Actually ywice in Afghanistan…..

    While he was a Senator folks….

  • jamesb101

    check the link…..It’s from this site…..and there is a picture….

  • AA Cunningham

    Soetoro flew in an Osprey several times while touring the Middle East while he was a candidate as did McCain. Rumsfeld, Gates, Petraeus, McChrystal et al have all flown aboard MV-22s. If it’s good enough for people who don’t hide their birth certificates then the community organizer can fly on one too.

    • kim

      Still Potus shouldn’t use Ospreys until much later – say 10 years from now – when their safety record hopefully will be well etablished.

      Then again, Prez Kennedy rode a fairly new Lincoln convertible when the CIA wanted him dead.

  • UNK

    Lockheed Martin had a government contract to develop a new fleet of presidential helicoptesr for the Marines, and this President cancelled the contract soon after his inauguration stating what he had was good enough.

  • Bob

    More wasted taxpayer money. We have a 14 trillion dollar deficit! Let him ride in his old chopper as I ride in my old truck. Want to help balance the budget? If so, STOP ALL FOREIGN AID immediately until we are solvent and even then, do it for good reason, on the cheap and make sure the money is spent as we wish it to be.

  • Musson

    In level flight – the Osprey is much much safer than a standard rotary wing aircraft.
    It’s the quick landings that are dangerous. The slow ones are not.

  • george

    Retired. Let the Pres ride in my old truck and I would be glad to ride in his old chopper

  • blight

    Today: “The Ospreys will likely be replacing the unit’s VH-43D Sea Stallions…”

    Tomorrow: “Keep in mind that Boeing is pitching the V-22 as a potential replacement for HMX-1’s current fleet of VH-3 and VH-60 presidential transports”

    The idea of standardizing to the V-22 is rather tempting…

  • Chops

    Actually my post was about the brand new Marine One Choppers sitting in a hangar at a cost of 400 mil. each and they are going to take Ospreys from front line units to haul luggage and personnel.This is the comment they wouldn’t let me post yesterday.

  • Safetyninja

    Notice that these V-22s are to be used in the support role. They will not be landing on the whitehouse lawn. A CH-53 was landed at the whitehouse once and the rotor wash blew away a tea party set up for the first lady at the time. That put the kabosh on the 53s being used for personnel transport picking up POTUS at the whitehouse. Now, the V-22 puts out more downwash than the CH-53. karlito caliente: The V-22 cannot glide and land like a normal fixed wing aircraft. The nacels have to be rotated up.

  • FormerDirtDart

    My guess is that his comment timed out as he typed it. It’s happened to me before. has been pretty permissive in letting moronic comments post And, given “Chops” brief description of his missing comment, the “Timing out” seems most likely to me.

  • Josh

    Amazing only ONE person out of all commenters seemed to actually read the story. The MV-22 will not be carrying the President. It’ll simply be a transport for support gear.

    • Jeff

      Josh – If YOU read all the way to the bottom of the article it says Boeing is pitching the V-22 as potential replacements for the VH-3 and VH-60, which DO transport the President himself. While V-22s are only going to transport support gear for now, the article mentions Boeing’s vision of a V-22 Marine One. I’m pretty sure that’s what the commenters were opining about.

    • Some Texan

      …Until they crash too much/develop unrepairable fatigue cracks in the airframes and get mothballed/scavenged for spare parts like the rest of the ospreys.

    • Guest

      It’s going to be on the “Green Side” only, I’m sure if they’re replacing the 53’s

  • Steve

    Well, you aint.

  • shawn

    You people really think you know so damn much my gosh shut up and think before you post…The HMK-1 is the marines Corps chopper squadron that operates the fleet of Marine One presidential transport helos is set to receive the first of what will be a fleet of 14 MV-22s, starting in 2013.

    The V-22s are replacing the current HMK-1 fleet, which includes transport of the president as well as carrying gears and such, The reason for this is the current fleet made up of VH-43D Sea Stallions and VH-53Ds etc etc.. is being replaced because of bein in service for around 47 years, and the airframes in those planes are old.

    Its not just for the president so grow up and find somewhere else to rant and throw hatred at, Just cause you personally dont like the president doesnt mean you should constantly bag him on issues you clearly have no insight to, Go to a different country then.

    In my own opinion i would rather have a reliable plane to carry equipments and personnel around rather then leave it up to faith on some old worn down plane, that could do more harm then it could help.

  • Richard

    It would be nice to hear the real maintainers (Marine’s and USAF) and Air Crew opinion’s on the Pro’s and Con’s on the V-22’s instead opinion’s/theory/facts. True it’s more of a fix wing than Rotary Wing type. Retired 40 yrs, 5 platforms on Rotary Wings.

  • jamesb101


    Obama actually rode in one as a Senator…
    I stated that the Secret Service peobably won’t let Obama ride in another one due to the a/c’s history….

    Someone just pointed out that the MV-22 has a bigger footprint then the MH-53?

  • Willie

    Blight. The Army was the lead developer for the V-22, but its experts found out that the tiltrotor concept was BS since it has less than half the range airplanes and a third the payload of similar size helos. The Army bailed early, the Navy later, and only the hardheaded Marines stayed with this turd. The more it fails, the more their dedication to it.

  • Bobby

    First off, We have not had the CH-53D at HMX for several years. The 53D served at HMX from 67- 97 The CH-53E was picked up around early 1997. As of this week, the remaining CH53Es have been transferred to another unit for training and redistribution to serve Heavy Lift missions for the Marine Corps. In its place, HMX had picked up additional CH-46 (Phrogs) to fill the gap until such time that the V-22 (or another) aircraft arrive at HMX.

  • RightCowLeftCoast

    The V-22s have shown a good record since deploying to CENTCOM area, but why is the CH-53K or CH-47F not looked as possible Marine or Army Ones? The Chinook has a good service record, as does the Sea Stallion which the enlarged K is based on.

    Both aircraft will have enough lift capacity needed for the additional equipment required for a Presidential Helicopter Transport.

  • bil

    don’t let Barack ride in these crash prone pieces of junk
    they are only good for republican presidents to ride in

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