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New Presidential Helicopter Still Risks Scorching White House Lawn

  • Fix to persistent Lockheed chopper issue sought by mid-year
  • Goal to have new Marine One ready for Biden to ride by July
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Bloomberg's Tony Capaccio reports on problems with President Biden’s new chopper.Source: Bloomberg)

President Joe Biden may have to wait months longer to ride on a new Marine One helicopter because the aircraft designed by Lockheed Martin Corp. continues to pose a risk of scorching the South Lawn of the White House.

The Marine Corps and company officials say they hope to identify potential solutions as soon as June to the unsightly problem of burned grass caused by spinning rotors and engine exhaust, which has bedeviled the chopper for two years.