Easy Model EM37004 USMC Boeing Vertol CH-46F Sea Knight Helicopter - "Marine One" Presidential Helicopter (1:72 Scale)
"Obsolete weapons do not deter."
- British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
The Boeing CH-46 Sea Knight is a medium-lift tandem rotor assault helicopter, used by the United States Marine Corps (USMC) to provide all-weather, day-or-night assault transport of combat troops, supplies and equipment. Assault Support is its primary function, and the movement of supplies and equipment is secondary. Additional tasks include combat support, search and rescue, support for forward refueling and rearming points, CASEVAC and Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel (TRAP). The commercial version is the BV 107-II, commonly referred to as simply the "Vertol".
Piasecki was a pioneering developer of tandem-rotor helicopters, with the most famous previous helicopter being the Piasecki H-21 "Flying Banana". In the late 1950s, development was begun on a medium-lift tandem-rotor derivative to be marketed to both the military and commercial markets. First flight of the new helicopter, designated the Model 107, took place on October 25, 1960.
The original military version was the YHC-1A for the U.S. Army. Rejected by the Army as being too small for its needs, it was then evaluated by the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC). The YHC-1A won the design competition in 1961 and was ordered as the HRB-1 (CH-46A after 1962). It first flew in 1962, and was first delivered to the USMC in 1964. Sold Out!
Historical Account: "Marine One" - 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". A Marine Corps aircraft carrying the Vice President has the call sign Marine Two.