CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, Aug. 5, 2004 - More than 500 Rockwell Collins employees and local dignitaries gave the presidential demonstrator helicopter a rousing welcome today at the latest stop on the VH-92 All-American Tour.
The tour stop began when the aircraft was featured on a live local morning television show and ended with an afternoon rally and press event on the front lawn of Rockwell Collins' headquarters. Congressman James Leach, representing Iowa's 2nd district, was the honored guest.
"Rockwell Collins communications and avionics equipment has been on every Air Force One presidential aircraft and Marine One helicopter ever flown," said Woody Hogle, vice president and general manager of Integrated Systems for Rockwell Collins Government Systems. "We are proud to continue this legacy and our rich history with Sikorsky as a member of the VH-92 helicopter team."
Sikorsky and Rockwell Collins are part of the VH-92 All-American team bidding to provide the next presidential helicopter. Rockwell Collins will provide major cockpit systems. "We've got a great aircraft, a great team and we?re proud to share our story with the nation," said Joseph Haddock, Sikorsky's vice president for business development.
Rockwell Collins is the third partner visited since the tour began on July 12 at Sikorsky's headquarters in Stratford, Connecticut. On August 2 Northrop Grumman Defensive Systems Division in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, hosted the aircraft for an employee rally. On July 27 the All-American Tour landed at FlightSafety International's West Palm Beach, Florida facility.
The Rockwell Collins visit attracted heavy media interest from local television, print and radio outlets. ABC affiliate KCRG sent a camera crew out for live interviews at the aircraft with Sikorsky and Rockwell Collins representatives as part of the station's early morning news program.
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