Tag: USS Essex

Skyraider pilot recalls the mission that inspired James Michener’s The Bridges at Toko-Ri
“James Michener, author of The Bridges at Toko-Ri, was briefed in a similar way to the pilots who would be flying the mission, being shown pre-strike photos of the anti-aircraft guns that surrounded the bridges in the target complex,” Lt Cdr Paul Gray, VF-54’s CO, during the Korean War. ‘Where do we get...
Some USMC F-35Bs grounded again
Two new parts that will require inspection were found on older F-35Bs F-35Bs with higher flight hours have been temporarily by F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) after that two new parts that will require inspection were found on older models of the jets. As reported by Marine Corps Times, a spokesman for the F-35 JPO did not disclose exactly how many...
F-35B almost ready for first combat deployment
"The F-35B, specifically because of its short take off and vertical landing capabilities, opens up a lot of basing options, specifically expeditionary basing operations that we haven’t had in the past,” Lt Col. Chad Vaughn, Marine Aircraft Group 11 F-35B pilot  The F-35B will be making its first combat deployment aboard USS Essex in the middle of this year. VMFA-211 will...