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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...
Two USMC F/A-18s collide mid-air during CAS Exercis
The F/A-18s were able to land safely after “experiencing a mid-air incident” over Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms. On Feb. 28, 2019 two U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) F/A-18s collided in mid-air over the sprawling Twentynine Palms, California, Marine training base. The two Hornets involved in...
CH-53K IOC pushed back to 2021 for multiple design deficiencies
CH-53K testers have discovered “airspeed indication anomalies, low reliability of the main rotor gearbox, hot gas impingement on aircraft structures, tail boom and tail rotor structural problems, overheating of main rotor dampers.” The initial operational capability (IOC) date of the CH-53K won’t occur this December, a report from the office...
Marines' F/A-18C/D Hornets to be upgraded with AESA radar
Raytheon will begin delivering APG-79(v)4 radars in 2020 and complete deliveries by 2022 The U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) selected Raytheon's APG-79(v)4 AESA radar to equip its F/A-18C/D Legacy Hornet fleet. Raytheon will begin delivering radars in 2020 and complete deliveries by 2022. The APG-79(v)4 is a scaled...
Pappy Boyington’s F4U Corsair “Lulubelle” and the Nose Art that Never was
Dozens of artists, model makers, die-cast companies, and custom decal printers issued innumerable renditions of Boyington's F4U. But Lulubelle was not the correct name. In 1976, NBC launched a weekly action-adventure series called Baa, Baa, Black Sheep, loosely based on Greg Boyington's autobiography of the same name. The show lasted three seasons...
This USMC F-35B is the 91st and final F-35 delivered in 2018
Next year Lockheed Martin is set to deliver more than 130 F-35s Taken at Fort Worth, Texas, on Dec. 20, 2018 the photo in this post shows the delivery of the 91st F-35 aircraft for the year. Noteworthy with the delivery of this aircraft Lockheed Martin...
New Sequestration could cut Blue Angels' 2020 season
The cuts would go well beyond the Blue Angels, forcing the Marine Corps to make structural changes As reported by Defense News, if the U.S. Defense Department gets hit with sequestration again in 2020, the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, won’t be hitting the air show circuit, according to a...