September 29, 2008
Marine One Helicopter Performs "Exceptionally" In Maiden Flight with Eaton Onboard
IRVINE, California, September 29, 2008 - Lockheed Martin Corp.'s VH-71 presidential helicopter program reached a "major milestone" Monday with the maiden flight of its first operational pilot production aircraft. After performing "exceptionally" during a 40-minute test flight in Yeovil, England, the helicopter will be shipped to U.S. Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., early next month. "Every aircraft that flies brings us a step closer to fielding helicopters that will serve the office of the president," said the Lockheed VP in charge of the program. The company could build up to 28 of the presidential helicopters.
Eaton is a key supplier on the new Marine One presidential helicopter including hydraulic system pumps, reservoirs and control valves; fuel system pumps, manifolds and control valves; fluid conveyance hoses, tubing, clamps and fittings; cockpit switches and electrical system circuit breakers and the aircraft engines, transmissions and gear boxes fluid health monitoring components and systems.
In the aerospace industry, Eaton is a leading supplier of hydraulic, electro-hydraulic pump and generator products and integrated systems; engine and airframe fuel pumps; electric motors; aircraft door actuation, flight and flow controls; fluid, fuel and air delivery products and systems; nose wheel steering systems; integrated control systems; cockpit controls and displays; power and load management systems; pressure sensors, seals, and fluid health monitoring products and systems. Eaton serves commercial and military aviation, aerospace, military ground systems, marine and off-road markets worldwide.
Eaton Corporation is a diversified power management company with 2007 sales of $13 billion. Eaton is a global technology leader in electrical systems for power quality, distribution and control; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; aerospace fuel, hydraulics and pneumatic systems for commercial and military use; and truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has 81,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit www.eaton.com.