July 12, 1957: President Dwight D. Eisenhower became the first president to ride in a helicopter. The logistical inefficiencies of presidential motorcades and taking off and landing Air Force One made the use of the helicopter (now known as Marine One) to transport the president a viable option. Eisenhower flew in a Bell Ranger H-13J, a two-seater, and was able to more easily travel to places such as his summer home in Rhode Island or Camp David in Maryland.
 
(White House photo via National Air and Space Museum)

July 12, 1957: President Dwight D. Eisenhower became the first president to ride in a helicopter. The logistical inefficiencies of presidential motorcades and taking off and landing Air Force One made the use of the helicopter (now known as Marine One) to transport the president a viable option. Eisenhower flew in a Bell Ranger H-13J, a two-seater, and was able to more easily travel to places such as his summer home in Rhode Island or Camp David in Maryland.

 

(White House photo via National Air and Space Museum)

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