Eisenhower – Presidential Helicopter and White House – Circa 1959

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In July of 1957 Dwight D. Eisenhower became the first U.S. president to fly in a helicopter. While digging through a large collection of tourist slides I came across these early color images (circa 1959) of Eisenhower’s Sikorsky H-34 helicopter lifting off from the White House lawn. The wheels are fitted with inflatable skids allowing for a water landing if necessary. This same aircraft was later used to transport John F. Kennedy.

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