Not cleared for take-off: Biden’s new chopper gets the thumbs down
White House military office yet to approve a first flight after Pentagon tests find the aircraft isn’t ‘operationally effective’
US President Joe Biden’s first flight on the new presidential helicopter built by Lockheed Martin is being delayed after a report by the Pentagon’s testing unit warned that it’s not yet “operationally suitable” or sufficiently reliable — especially in an emergency.
The Biden administration hasn’t yet determined if the helicopter can be put into operation because it’s still assessing its safety, according to a US official who asked not to be identified discussing the internal deliberations. The White House military office will determine the timeline...