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A new video game for mobile has been launched by the White House Historical Association (WHHA) which allows players to pilot a Presidential helicopter across Washington DC, in tribute to President Eisenhower, who in 1957 became the first president to use a helicopter.
The game, titled Fly Like Ike, seeks to offer an educational insight into the history of sights in Washington. During a user’s flight, they’ll be able to visit seven destinations including the US Supreme Court, the US Capitol, the National Mall, the Washington Monument, the Jefferson Memorial/Tidal Basin, the Lincoln Memorial and the White House. By piloting the helicopter near to these locations, information will appear with insights about each venue. The user will even be able to test their aviation skills by landing on the White House Lawn.
The Helicopter which users can pilot is a replica of the helicopter featured in this year’s official White House Christmas Ornament, which honors Eisenhower and his commitment to innovation.
The game has been launched as part of the WHHA’s WHExperience App, which is available on iOS and Android devices. As well as allowing users to ‘Fly Like Ike’, the App offers a fascinating insight into the White House and the history of its occupants. You can download the App and play the game by searching for WHExperience via the Apple Store or via Google Play.
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