Question by  onecrore (196)

When Obama flies to the Whitehouse, where does the helicopter land?

Do they have a special helipad at the Whitehouse, or, does he land somewhere else, and then he just drives in?


Answer by  Sinefey (457)

Since 1957 the presidential helicopter has been landing on the South Lawn of the White House. Before Eisenhower the president would have to take a 20 minute motorcade ride to get to Andrews AFB and Airforce One.


Answer by  malone (4817)

The helicopter becomes Marine One when the president boards on the South Lawn of the White House. There are special landing pads where the copter must precisely touch down. Two more identical copters join it once it is in the air to create a "shell game" to thwart attacks.


Answer by  philosophy (243)

The president's helicopter lands right on the White house front lawn. After the passengers (including the president) get off, the helicopter typically leaves shortly thereafter. You usually cannot see much, but watching the huge helicopters approach is interesting.


Answer by  mangosteen (272)

His helicopter lands right in front of the White House. They start setting up all sorts of security well in advance of his arrival. I have even seen two paramilitary-looking guys with huge binoculars on the roof of the whitehouse. The whole process is an interesting spectacle.


Answer by  DulceDeLeche (219)

I have seen Obama's helicopter land at the whitehouse. They cordon off all the visitors on the "ellipse", and then one of three helicopters landed right on the front lawn of the whitehouse. You are so far away, that you can barely see people, but its pretty impressive.


Answer by  Nother (102)

President Obama, like all Presidents since Eisenhower, lands on the grass of the South Lawn behind the White House when being flown in by the Marine One helicopter.


Answer by  eduktr307 (4)

The helicopter lands on three aluminum pads that are 1/2 " thick and are 6 feet in diameter.


Answer by  apple (447)

When I was in Washington DC recently, Obama flew in. 3 helicopters flew toward the White House front lawn. He was in the middle one. We sat on a bench at the ellipse and watched him fly overhead. Other people waved at him as he flew in.


Answer by  ziawaziri (36)

It land on the marked halipad everytime. Afetr all the weight of the helicopter is so much that landing thehelicopter in the lawns is highly not adviseable.


Answer by  dr84bhl (2789)

The answer is camp David that is where the presidents flies to their appointments using this base, for the presidential aircraft.

Reply by malone (4817):
Camp David has nothing to do with it. The president travels from the residence aboard Marine One, which takes him out to Edwards AFB to the plane that becomes Air Force One the instant he boards. The expense to taxpayers is astronomical, especially when it is used for shopping trips.  add a comment

Answer by  Anonymous

The chopper land on the south (back) lawn of the WH. The front (north) lawn and entrance to the WH faces PA Ave. 1600 pa ave. to be exact. The south lawn faces the Washington Monument.

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