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This Nostalgic, cool video Reminds us that the A-6 Intruder was an Ass Kickin’ Machine
The nostalgic, cool video in this post reminds us that the A-6 Intruder was a no-nonsense, payload carrying, bomb droppin’, ass kickin’ machine. Composed by a former A-6 crew member (who spent many happy flight hours with the aircraft), the nostalgic, cool video in this post reminds us that the Intruder...
Sikorsky to build six LRIP VH-92A presidential helicopters
The VH-92A will replace two current presidential helicopters, the VH-3D and the VH-60N. On Jun. 10, 2019 Sikorsky has received a $542 million contract to build six low-rate initial production VH-92A presidential helicopters. Work is expected to be completed in April 2022, the Pentagon says. The contract was announced...
Check out video and photos of Elephant Walk conducted by USMC MV-22Bs and CH-53Es to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day
Twenty seven MV-22Bs and 16 CH-53Es with MAG 16, 3rd MAW, lined up as part of the mass flight at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., on Jun. 6, 2019. Elephant Walk USMC style. Twenty seven MV-22Bs and 16 CH-53Es with Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), line up...
Sikorsky Secures Contract To Build 12 LRIP CH-53K Heavy Lift Helicopters
The CH-53K is the only aircraft able to provide the USMC with the heavy-lift capability it needs to meet future operational requirements for the vertical lift mission. On May 17, 2019 the Naval Air Systems Command awarded a $1.3 billion Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) Lots 2 and 3 contract for 12 aircraft...
This USMC AV-8B Harrier is the fourth US military plane crash in the month of May
The AV-8B was based at nearby Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point (NC) and belonged to the 2nd Marine Air Wing, Marine Air Group 14. On May 20, 2019 a U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) AV-8B Harrier crashed in North Carolina. The pilot, who ejected safely, suffered minor injuries and was able to...
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.

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