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Tag: U.S. Marine Corps

How a VMFA-333 F-4 Phantom II scored the only USMC Mig Kill of the Vietnam War
'The growl of the Sidewinder tone was loud enough to drive you from the cockpit, and it really did a job on that MiG,’ Capt 'Lil’ John' Cummings, VMFA-333 F-4 Phantom II RIO. No fewer than 11 US Marine Corps squadrons flew versions of the Phantom II in Southeast Asia from May 1965...
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...
Pentagon is trying to determine if CH-53K can be replaced by CH-47
The Department of Defense is assessing whether the CH-47 can replace the CH-53K that the Marines intend to purchase. A team from the Pentagon’s independent cost analysis and program assessment group visited Boeing last month to review data on how the CH-47 could be adapted for the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC).
First Elephant Walk for USMC F-35B Stealth Fighters
The safe launch and recovery of the aircraft affirms the squadron’s commitment to achieving and sustaining the highest level of readiness in order to train the next generation of F-35B pilots. Taken on May 1, 2019 at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Beaufort, the photos in this post show Marine Fighter Attack...
These USMC CH-53s wore a Sexy Paint Scheme during Operation Desert Storm
The photos are of 2 different aircraft, but there might have been as many as 4 aircraft painted up like these during Operation Desert Storm. The interesting photos in this post feature U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) CH-53 heavy-lift helicopters sporting quite a sexy paint scheme.
Possible sale of 12 AH-1Z attack helicopters to Bahrain approved
The pilots were flying an AH-1Z Viper as part of the Weapons and Tactics Instructor course at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Yuma. On Mar. 30, 2019 two aviators were killed in a helicopter crash that occurred during a routine training mission March 30 near Yuma, Ariz the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) announced Sunday afternoon.
Remembering VMFA-122 'F-4V', the USMC Phantom II featuring a unique Three Gun-Pod Configuration
“If one gun was good, three were better.” Col Jacques Naviaux, VMFA-122 No fewer than 11 US Marine Corps (USMC) squadrons flew versions of the F-4 Phantom II in Southeast Asia from May 1965 through to early 1973. Although one deployment was from an aircraft carrier, and included a successful MiG engagement,...
Check out these cool photos of A-10 Hogs escorting MV-22 Osprey over Hawaii
MV-22 and A-10 Thunderbolt IIs conducted training consisting of a simulated tactical recovery of aircraft personnel scenario and a combat search and rescue scenario Taken on Feb. 26, 2019 the cool photos in this post features U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft assigned to the 442nd Fighter Wing, Whiteman Air Force...
Sunset falls on the iconic EA-6B Prowler
The USMC deactivated VMAQ-2 “Death Jesters,” the service final electronic attack squadron in a ceremony on Mar. 8, 2019 at Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station, N.C. sending its EA-6B Prowler jet into retirement. The U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) deactivated Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 2 (VMAQ-2) “Death Jesters,” the service final...
Pentagon cuts F-35 purchase by 6 aircraft in FY 2020
The USAF will still be getting 48 A models, therefore the cut is either the B or the C variant. The Pentagon has decided to buy just 78 F-35s from Lockheed Martin in the latest budget request, instead of 84 aircraft that was projected a year ago. The...

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