There is no other helicopter in the world like Marine One - the president's No. 1 getaway vehicle

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Among the special modes of transportation reserved for the president is Marine One.

A specialty built helicopter, Marine One accompanies the president around the country and even overseas. Built to rescue the president during an emergency, the helicopter is customized with a suite of amazing features.

"The helicopter was very smooth, very impressive," Obama told reporters after his first ride in the helicopter in 2009. "You go right over the Washington Monument and then you know - kind of curve in by the Capitol. It was spectacular."Advertisement

We have compiled some of Marine One's most amazing features below.

Each year, only four pilots from HMX-1 squadron, aka "The Nighthawks," have the honor of flying Marine One.

Each year, only four pilots from HMX-1 squadron, aka "The Nighthawks," have the honor of flying Marine One.

Source: National Geographic "Marine One"

The helicopter can cruise at over 150 mph ...

The helicopter can cruise at over 150 mph ...

Source: National Geographic "Marine One"

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... and can continue flying even if one of its three engines fails.

... and can continue flying even if one of its three engines fails.

Source: America's Book of Secrets "Presidential Transports"

Marine One has ballistic armor, missile warning systems, and antimissile defenses.

Marine One has ballistic armor, missile warning systems, and antimissile defenses.

Source: America's Book of Secrets "Presidential Transports"

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The helicopter is also equipped with secure communication lines for the president to remain in contact with the White House and the Pentagon.

The helicopter is also equipped with secure communication lines for the president to remain in contact with the White House and the Pentagon.

Source: America's Book of Secrets "Presidential Transports"

No matter where in the world the helicopter lands, the president is always greeted by a Marine.

No matter where in the world the helicopter lands, the president is always greeted by a Marine.

Source: America's Book of Secrets "Presidential Transports"

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Similar to the identical decoy that flies alongside Air Force One, a decoy helicopter flies with Marine One.

Similar to the identical decoy that flies alongside Air Force One, a decoy helicopter flies with Marine One.

Source: National Geographic "Marine One"

Unlike most helicopters, Marine One is so quiet that the president can speak in a normal tone of voice.

Unlike most helicopters, Marine One is so quiet that the president can speak in a normal tone of voice.

Source: National Geographic "Marine One"

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There is 200 square feet of interior space ...

There is 200 square feet of interior space ...

Source: America's Book of Secrets "Presidential Transports"

... enough space for 14 passengers.

... enough space for 14 passengers.

Source: America's Book of Secrets "Presidential Transports"

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Marine One is deployed to serve the president domestically and abroad.

Marine One is deployed to serve the president domestically and abroad.

Source: America's Book of Secrets "Presidential Transports"

And the helicopter is massive.

And the helicopter is massive.

Source: National Geographic "Marine One"

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