Marine One Lands

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Jan 10, 2009 at 12:14 AM EDT

The Marine One, has landed.

The next Presidential Helicopter flew into Lockheed Martin in Owego this afternoon.

As Action News Reporter Caitlin Nuclo tells us, Lockheed now has the important job of putting the finishing touches on the chopper.

Before the President, gets on board.
This will be the first helicopter in the new presidential fleet.

Today, the future Marine One landed at Lockheed Martin in Owego.

"It will go through all the sets to become to beautiful glossy green helicopter that will land on the white house lawn," said Monica Hallman of Lockheed Martin.

It's one of more than 20 aircrafts Lockheed will help provide for the Commander in Chief.

"There are a lot of people standing by, a lot of hardworking people who can't wait to get the wrenches turning on it so thats part of the excitement that we have today"said Hallman.

The company will now integrate the helicopters mission equipment, communication system, paint the exterior the traditional dark green and white, and deck out the interior with the presidential seal.

"It's great to actually see it here. Excited about getting work on the integration installation of PP3 again just big excitement for the facility lots of hard work comes to fruition"said Kevin Westfall of Lockheed Martin.

Lockheed Martin was awarded the contract back in 2005 to build presidential helicopters like this one.

More are expected to fly into Lockheed Owego this year to begin the final production process.

And with the new choppers comes new technology.

"The current fleet is a 30 to 40 year old air craft where this is a new air craft with lots of additional capabilities for the president for the future,"said Westfall.

"The missions system which allows the helicopter to be used as a control and command platform." "allows the president to be in touch at all times which maintains continuity of government, so its significant work," said Hallman.

Significant for the President, our nation and the Southern Tier.

In Owego, Caitlin Nuclo, WBNG-TV Action News.

Once Lockheed Martin is finished with it's work, the helicopter will be delivered to the US Navy.

Lockheed is uncertain when it will go into service.

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