web analytics

The retired VH-3D Marine One «BUNO 358» finds permanent home

A retired VH-3D Marine One was officially inducted into the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, College Station
The retired VH-3D Marine One «BUNO 358» finds permanent home at George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.
Archive image: A VH-3D Sea King and Marine One from Marine Helicopter Squadron One, preparers to take off with President Barack Obama on board, April 27, 2012, at Joint Base Andrews, Md.
HMX-1 is responsible for the transportation of the president of the United States, vice president, cabinet members and other VIPs.
A Marine helicopter which has the President aboard uses the call sign «Marine One.» In addition to its VIP transport role, it is also tasked with operational test and evaluation of new flight systems for Marine Corps helicopters.
Nicknamed «The Nighthawks,» they are headquartered at Marine Corps Air Facility Quantico, Va., and maintain detachments at Naval Support Facility Anacostia in Washington, D.C. and Joint Base Andrews Naval Air Facility in Maryland.
U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Perry Aston.

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — A retired, de-militarized, and restored VH-3D Marine One was officially inducted into the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, College Station, Texas in June 2024. The library and museum, located within the Texas A&M University campus, welcomed Presidential Helicopters Program Office (PMA-274) members, Bush family members, donors, and supporters to the grand opening of a new pavilion that now houses the retired Marine One.

Bureau number 159358 (BUNO 358) served United States presidents beginning with the Ford administration. The VH-3D was sent to Marine Expeditionary Helicopter One (HMX-1) in 1976, flew roughly 12,100 hours, and returned to PMA-274 Presidential Helicopter Support Facility (PHSF) in 2023 for its end of service life.

After locating a place for BUNO 358 and a year of planning between PMA-274, the George & Barbara Bush Foundation, and Clayton International, Inc., a small business contracted to transport the Sikorsky VH-3D Sea King helicopter was prepared and ready for transport from Patuxent River, Md. to College Station, Texas.

A joint program and maintenance team from PMA-274 PHSF and Clayton International, Inc., ensured the aircraft was treated with top-shelf inspection, maintenance, de-militarization, and white-glove care. The Marine One helicopter was brought to the PHSF in March 2023 and ready for transport by Clayton International, Inc. in February 2024.

“This was no easy effort,” said Col. Alex Ramthun, PMA-274 program manager. “The joint team worked hard to coordinate and prepare the retired and restored helicopter for its final resting place at the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.”

On 27 February, the retired Marine One, BUNO 358, arrived in College Sation, Texas with a police escort motorcade.

The George & Barbara Bush Foundation launched a centennial commemoration, 41@100: A Celebration of George H.W. Bush, honoring the 100th anniversary of George H.W. Bush’s birth. In recognition of this centennial, the Bush Foundation opened a new 29,000 square foot pavilion at the George W. H. Bush Presidential Library & Museum.

On June 12, on what would have been President George H. W. Bush’s 100th birthday, in the presence of the Bush Family, Secretary Andrew H. Card, Jr., and hundreds of donors, the preserved Marine One was unveiled in the new pavilion.

The new pavilion houses the retired Marine One, based in the SH-3D Sea King Helicopter, and 4141 Locomotive both which carried the 41st president. Both assets pay tribute to the life and legacy of the 41st president.

PMA-274 expeditiously provides safe, ready, high-performing, and affordable aircraft, capabilities, and support to HMX-1.

For more Hlcopters Magazine breaking news, stories, images and videos visit hlcopters.com and follow us on Facebook, X, Instagram and YouTube.

The appearance of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) visual information does not imply or constitute DoD endorsement.

Deja una respuesta

Tu dirección de correo electrónico no será publicada. Los campos obligatorios están marcados con *

error: Content is protected !!