VH-71 'TV-2' (G-17-002) is one of the first
two 'Increment One' aircraft delivered to the
US Navy for the initial test phase.
1/10/2008 - Patuxent River, MD -- The first two VH-71
helicopters built for the President of the United
States have entered the flight test phase with the
U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps at Naval Air Station
Patuxent River, Md.
The Navy-owned test vehicles, TV-2 and TV-5, arrived
at NAS Patuxent River in November and December,
respectively, aboard a U.S. Air Force C-17 cargo plane
from AgustaWestland’s facility in Yeovil, England. The
government and industry integrated test team will use
the aircraft primarily for structural and propulsion
testing, and pilot training.
TV-2 and TV-5 are the first of four test aircraft
built for the initial phase of the VH-71 program known
as Increment One. TV-2 made its maiden flight from
AgustaWestland facility on July 3, 2007.
VH-71 'TV-5' (G-17-005) is the second of the
first two 'Increment One' aircraft delivered
to the US Navy for testing.
Two more Increment One aircraft, TV-3 and TV-4, will
undergo additional assembly and missionization at
Lockheed Martin Systems Integration, Owego, NY prior
to being transferred to NAS Patuxent River this year
for testing of the avionics and mission systems.
TV-1, an industry-provided test asset, has been in
flight test since shortly after the contract award,
and currently has 555 flight hours.
Over the next eleven months, all Increment One
aircraft will be delivered to Naval Air Station
Patuxent River, Md., including the initial fleet of
five presidential helicopters.
Source: USN Press Release