Lockheed Martin VH-71 Kestrel
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The Lockheed Martin VH -71 Kestrel was being developed variant of the AgustaWestland AW101, which was to replace the fleet of helicopters of the U.S. Marine Corps to transport the U.S. president (see Marine One ).
The first VH -71 prototype ( Test Vehicle # 2 / TV-2 ) made its maiden flight on June 3, 2007 on the premises of AgustaWestland in Yeovil, UK. Lockheed Martin used a converted EH101, designated TV -1, for basic flight testing in the United States. That included also landings outside the White House.
The first newly produced VH -71 (Pilot Production # 1 / PP-1 ) also graduated in Yeovil 22 September 2008 its first flight. The U.S. Air Force transported the machine with a C- 17 to the Naval Air Station Patuxent River for further testing. Until the termination of the program there numerous ground tests were conducted.