WHITE HOUSE SECURITY REVIEW
Air Incursions and Attempted Air Incursions:
On February 17, 1974, Robert Preston, a private in the Army, stole an Army helicopter from Fort Meade, Maryland, and flew it to the White House Complex. He passed over the Executive Mansion and then returned to the south grounds, where he hovered for about 6 minutes and touched down briefly approximately 150 feet from the West Wing. Members of the EPS did not know who was piloting the aircraft and were not aware that it had been stolen from Fort Meade. They made no attempt to shoot down the helicopter.
Preston left the area of the White House and flew the helicopter back toward Fort Meade. He was chased by two Maryland State Police helicopters, one of which he forced down through his erratic maneuvers. Preston then returned to the White House Complex. As he lowered himself to about 30 feet above the south grounds, EPS officers barraged the helicopter with shotgun and submachine gunfire. Preston immediately set the riddled aircraft down. He was injured slightly.
This may add to the already impressive history of Colt TSMG #7301 (S/N XO 1934) as related in the SAR article below. Agent Arthur L. Godfrey, who registered the Colt TSMG during the 1968 amnesty period, retired from the White House Presidential Protective Division U.S. Secret Service in July, 1974. How many other TSMGs were present on the White House grounds February, 1974 is unknown.
and in a 2007 thread
"The Time a Stolen Helicopter Landed on the White House Lawn
The story of Robert Preston’s wild ride"
Today the helicopter sits on static display at Joint Base Willow Grove in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, where the Guard trained
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Preston & his lawyer Moncier. Captain in the Army JAG Corps Herbert S. Moncier said 360 rounds were fired at the Huey from automatic weapons.
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