Tag: Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni

Bird strike causes more than $2 million in damages to USMC F-35B
Initial assessments indicated the bird strike caused the F-35B more than $2 million in damages, making it a Class A mishap. On May 7 a U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) F-35B with Marine Aircraft Group 12, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing operating out of Iwakuni, Japan had a bird strike. The F-35B...
USMC declares remaining Marines involved in F/A-18 and KC-130 mishap deceased; search and rescue operations Off Japan concluded
U.S. and Japanese ships and aircraft did not, however, locate the crew of the KC-130 Hercules The U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) has pronounced the five remaining Marines involved in the F/A-18 and KC-130 aviation mishap during an air-to-air refueling exercise on Dec. 6, deceased. The change in status comes at the conclusion of...
VMA-311 AV-8B Harriers departure from MCAS Iwakuni represents the end of an era for Marine Corps aviation On May 31, 2017 AV-8B Harriers from Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 311 departed Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Iwakuni, Japan, as part of the Unit Deployment Program. As told by Lance Cpl. Carlos Jimenez in the article VMA-311 says sayonara to Japan, VMA-311 is...
The ADGR offers to VMFA-121 F-35s the ability to refuel by C-130 aircraft in austere locations when other resources aren’t available On Apr. 11, 2017 U.S. Marines with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron (VMGR) 152 conducted aviation delivered ground refueling (ADGR) with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Iwakuni. As explained by Lance Cpl. Joseph...
Iwakuni's F-35Bs would be among the first assets to be deployed to Korea in case of a contingency on the peninsula As reported by Yonhap, last week six to eight F-35Bs have been to South Korea and performed simulated bomb runs at the Pilsung Shooting Range in the eastern province of Gangwon. Confirming the deployment, Commander of U.S. Forces Korea (USFK),...
Thanks to the fuel tanks, that resemble torpedoes and are attached below both sides of the chopper bays, the helicopters demonstrated a 25% range increase On Mar. 10-14, 2017 during flights based from Okinawa, Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 267 carried out a mission that took them to various places in Japan in order to test the effectiveness of the new...
Stratotankers have provided the core aerial refueling capability for the USAF for nearly 60 years and have empowered fighter aircraft for generations, from the F-4 Phantom to today’s F-35 Lightning II On Mar. 14, 2017 the 909th Air Refueling Squadron (ARS) conducted the inaugural aerial-refueling mission with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 F-35B Lightning IIs from Marine Corps Air...
The E-2D is the most advanced Airborne Command and Control platform that the U.S. has in its inventory U.S. Navy E-2D Advanced Hawkeyes with Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 125 “Tigertails” arrived at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Feb. 2, 2017. The Tigertails’ journey from Norfolk, Virginia, to the air station is to support the strong, enduring alliance with...
VMFA-121 F-35B Lighting II aircraft will replace the F/A-18 Hornet and AV-8B Harrier II aircraft currently based at the air station As reported by  Cpl. Aaron Henson in the article LIGHTNING II STRIKES IWAKUNI, F-35B ARRIVES, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 arrived at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Iwakuni, Japan, Jan. 18, 2017. VMFA-121 conducted a permanent change of station to...
The transition of VMFA-121 from MCAS Yuma to MCAS Iwakuni marks a significant milestone in the F-35B program Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121, an F-35B squadron with 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, departed Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona, transferring to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Jan. 9, 2017. As explained in the article Marine Corps F-35Bs relocate to Japan,...

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