Northbrook, Ill., - The VH-92 All-American Tour flew to the nation's heartland today for an employee rally and flight demonstration near the headquarters of Northrop Grumman's Defensive Systems Division in suburban Chicago.
The Sikorsky Aircraft VH-92 presidential demonstrator helicopter landed at Palwaukee Regional Airport west of the Windy City where it was met by government representatives, 100 Northrop Grumman employees, and the news media.
Congressman Mark Kirk, representing Illinois' 10th district, participated in the event and took a demonstration flight aboard the aircraft.
Sikorsky and Northrop Grumman are part of the VH-92 All-American team bidding to provide the next helicopter.
"The President of the United States must be transported by the safest, most advanced helicopter in the world," said James Cameron, vice president and general manager of Defensive Systems Division. "Northrop Grumman is excited to be in a position to continue to offer our proven advanced technology products in support of this important mission."
Northrop Grumman is a world leader in development, production and support of Airborne Survivability Equipment. Northrop Grumman in Rolling Meadows, Ill., and San Jose, Calif., will provide aircraft survivability systems for the VH-92.
We call ourselves the All-American team because these companies represent the best America's aerospace industry has to offer," said Joseph Haddock, Sikorsky's vice president for government business development. "There's no better example than Northrop Grumman, an All-American company in every sense of the term."
On July 12 Sikorsky launched the VH-92 All-American Tour at the company's Stratford, Conn. headquarters. The aircraft has embarked on a multi-state tour with planned stops at partner facilities and other locations over the coming months.
Northrup Grumman is the second partner visited on the All-american Tour. Sikorsky pilots flew the helicopter to Illinois from West Palm Beach, Fla., where it made a July 27 stop at FlightSafety International.
Based in Rolling Meadows, Ill., Northrop Grumman's Defensive System Division designs, develops and manufactures radio frequency and electro-optic/infrared products that protect military aircraft, ships, satellites and ground vehicles from attack by modern weapons; provide tactical aircraft with 24-hour targeting and navigation capabilities; ensure high-value, complex, electronic performance in complex environments.
The division is a component of Northrop Grumman's Baltimore-based Electronic Systems sector, a world leader in the design, development, and manufacture of defense and commercial electronic systems, including airborne radar, navigation systems, electronic countermeasures, precision weapons, airspace management systems, communications systems, space sensors, marine and naval systems, government systems, and logistics services.