Sikorsky VH-60N White Hawk

$10.6 million transport helicopter exclusive to the President of the United States

VH 60N White Hawk Marine One
photo: U.S. Navy

The Sikorsky VH-60N White Hawk is a special version of the UH-60 Blackhawk military helicopter used for transporting the United States president as Marine One.

Manufacturer:
Sikorsky Helicopter
Country:
United States
Manufactured:
1988 to: 1989
ICAO:
VH60
Price:
US$10.6 million (1988)

Specifications

Avionics:
Engine:
2x General Electric T700-GE-401
Turboshaft
Power:
1,890 horsepower
Max Cruise Speed:
159 knots
294 Km/h
Approach Speed (Vref):
Travel range:
1,199 Nautical Miles
2,221 Kilometers
Fuel Economy:
Service Ceiling:
19,000 feet
Rate of Climb:
700 feet / minute
3.56metre / second
Take Off Distance:
Landing Distance:
Max Take Off Weight:
10,660 Kg
23,501 lbs
Max Landing Weight:
Max Payload:
1,200 Kg
2,646 lbs
Fuel Tank Capacity:
360 gallon
1,363 litre
Baggage Volume:
Seats - Economy / General:
6 seats
Seats - Business Class:
Seats - First Class:
Cabin Height:
1.37 metre - 4.49 feet
Cabin Width:
2.13 metre - 6.99 feet
Cabin Length:
Exterior Length:
19.76 metre - 64.83 feet
Tail height:
5.13 metre - 16.83 feet
Fuselage Diameter:
2.36 metre - 7.74 feet
Wing Span / Rotor Diameter:
16.36 metre - 53.67 feet
Wing Tips:
No Winglets
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Description

The UH-60 Blackhawk or Sikorsky S-70 is a U.S medium transport/utility helicopter built by Sikorsky Aircraft. It was designed for the United States Army during the 1970s and won in a competition that led to its designation “UH-60 Black Hawk” and created a vast family in the military service of the United States.

The helicopter was built in several improved variants since then. The H-60 series is greatly used by the Department of Defense and is equipped to fulfill a wide range of roles such as air cavalry, electronic warfare, search and rescue, aeromedical evacuation, and other special missions.

Some aircraft are used for the transport of the United States President as Marine One. The VH-60N is an executive transport helicopter based on the UH-60 Black Hawk and the United States Navy’s SH-60 Seahawk aircraft. In 1989, it was initially delivered to HMX-1 to replace the VH-1N.

The VH-60N is equipped for day/night and all-weather operations. It features self-contained navigation that does not depend upon externally transmitted data, GPS, Traffic Collision Avoidance System to reduce the incidence of mid-air collisions, and CSFIR sensors, and without any weapons.

The helicopter has an external length of 19.76 meters, an external height of 3.75 meters, and a fuselage width of 2.36 meters. It has a tail height of 5.13 meters and a wheelbase of 8.8 meters. The cabin height is 1.37 meters and the cabin width is 2.13 meters. The rotor diameter is 16.36 meters. The VH-60N has a maximum takeoff weight of 10,660 kg, a maximum payload of 1,200 kg, and a fuel capacity of 360 US gal.

The VH-60N is powered by two General Electric T700-GE-401 turboshaft engines. The engine has a 6 stage-5 stage axial one-stage centrifugal compressor, annular combustors, two-stage gas generator and two-stage power turbine, and self-contained, pressurized recirculating dry-sump oil system. Each engine produces a thrust of 1,890 hp. The helicopter has a maximum speed of 159 knots and a travel range of 1,199 nautical miles. it can fly up to 19,000 feet and can climb at a rate of 700 feet per minute.

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