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Obamas attend wedding of personal chef

Obamas attend wedding of personal chef

POCANTICO HILLS, N.Y., Aug. 30 (UPI) --The Obamas got dressed up to attend the wedding of their personal chef, Sam Kass, to MSNBC host Alex Wagner.
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Obama leaves for Camp David

Obama leaves for Camp David

WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 (UPI) --U.S. President Obama spends birthday weekend at Camp David.
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President Obama makes flying visit to his Chicago home

President Obama makes flying visit to his Chicago home

CHICAGO, May 23 (UPI) --President Obama made a flying visit to Chicago, raising money for Democratic Senate candidates and spending a single night in his Hyde Park home.
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Sikorsky chosen for new fleet of presidential helicopters

Sikorsky chosen for new fleet of presidential helicopters

STRATFORD, Conn., May 8 (UPI) --Sikorsky Aircraft has been selected by the U.S. Navy to produce a new fleet of Marine One helicopters for the Office of the President of the United States.
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Obama stops to tour mudslide site in Washington en route to Asia

Obama stops to tour mudslide site in Washington en route to Asia

EVERETT, Wash., April 22 (UPI) -- President Obama visited the site of the deadly Washington State mudslide Tuesday as he headed to Asia for a week-long trip.
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First lady remains in Hawaii as Obama, daughters return home

WASHINGTON, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama and his two daughters returned home Sunday after a trip to Hawaii.
Obama praises Brooklyn's innovative P-TECH High School

Obama praises Brooklyn's innovative P-TECH High School

NEW YORK, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama visited an algebra class Friday before delivering a speech at the innovative P-Tech High School in New York.
Obama returns to U.S. after talking with Putin at G20 meeting

Obama returns to U.S. after talking with Putin at G20 meeting

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama returned to Washington Friday night after discussing Syria with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Group of 20 summit.
Vacationing President Obama golfs with Larry David

Vacationing President Obama golfs with Larry David

CHILMARK, Mass., Aug. 17 (UPI) -- President Obama golfed with comedic writer-actor Larry David Saturday on Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts.

Obamas begin 8-day vacation in Martha's Vineyard

EDGARTOWN, Mass., Aug. 10 (UPI) -- President Obama and his wife Michelle arrived on Martha's Vineyard off Massachusetts Saturday afternoon for a vacation.
Obama shakes Marine's hand after failing to salute

Obama shakes Marine's hand after failing to salute

WASHINGTON, May 24 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama apologetically shook the hand of a U.S. Marine in Washington after having failed to return the service member's salute.

U.S. Navy RFP issued for presidential helicopters

WASHINGTON, May 6 (UPI) -- A Request for Proposal was issued Monday by the U.S. Navy for the Presidential Helicopter Replacement Program, with submissions due in 90 days.

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Obama back in D.C. after Middle East trip

Obama back in D.C. after Middle East trip

WASHINGTON, March 23 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Washington Saturday evening, hours after wrapping up a visit to Jordan with a quick tour of the ancient city of Petra.

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U.S. President Barack Obama speaks with (L to R) personal aide Reggie Love, Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton, and Director of Political Affairs Patrick Gaspard, aboard Marine One during the flight from White House to Joint Base Andrews, Maryland on August 9, 2010. UPI/Pete Souza/The White House
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Marine One is the call sign of any United States Marine Corps aircraft carrying the President of the United States. It usually denotes a helicopter operated by the HMX-1 "Nighthawks" squadron, either the large VH-3D Sea King or the newer, smaller VH-60N "WhiteHawk", both due to be replaced by the VXX program. A Marine Corps aircraft carrying the Vice President has the call sign Marine Two.

The first use of helicopters for presidential transport was in 1957, when Dwight D. Eisenhower traveled on an Bell UH-13J Sioux. The president needed a quick way to reach his summer home in Rhode Island; Air Force One was too large for such short trips, while traffic would be disrupted by traveling in a motorcade. Eisenhower instructed his staff to look into alternative modes of transportation; a Sikorsky UH-34 Seahorse helicopter was commissioned. The early aircraft lacked the "creature comforts" found on its modern successors, such as air conditioning and toilets.

In 1958, the H-13 was replaced by the Sikorsky H-34, and in 1961 by the VH-3A. Not long after the mode of presidential transport was introduced, presidential aides asked the Marines to look into the White House South Lawn as a helicopter landing zone. Ample room was present, and the protocol was established.

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