Marine Corps Aviation 1912-2012

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Marine Corps Aviation 1912-2012

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On this date in 1912 U.S. Marine First Lieutenant Alfred Austell Cunningham reported to Naval Aviation Camp in Annapolis, Maryland, "for duty in connection with aviation". Thus began Marine Corps aviation's first century.

Some notable Marine aviators (backed up by the unsung & largely unknown Marine aircraft maintainers):

John Bolt only Marine aviator to achieve the title of ace in both WWII and the Korean War; remains to this day the only Marine jet aircraft ace

Gregory "Pappy" Boyington Medal of Honor recipient who commanded the famous "Black Sheep Squadron" (VMA-214) during WWII

Ted Williams Baseball Hall of Famer who lost several years of his prime baseball career to fly fighters in both WWII and Korea.

John Glenn astronaut, first American to orbit Earth, oldest man in space, U.S. Senator; among other notable achievements, piloted the first aircraft to ever fly coast to coast at an average speed greater than Mach 1 (Aircraft: F-8 Crusader)

Joe Foss - leading fighter ace of the United States Marine Corps during World War II and a 1943 recipient of the Medal of Honor, recognizing his role in the air combat during the Guadalcanal Campaign

Many others.

More reading:

http://www.marines.mil/unit/aviation...s/default.aspx

And contrary to popular belief, A.A. Cunningham was not my first CO.

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Semper Fi Leatherneck....

We got ya by a year or so, but same plane, same platforms mostly....except for that crazy bad Harrier. They still flying those?
 
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Old 05-23-12, 05:09 AM
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Yeah, we had to wait for the Navy to buy us the planes (or in those days, more likely give us their rejects).

Unfortunately, yes, the Harrier survives. Was fortunate to never of had to work on them. Having said that, the "B" version (McDonnell Douglas) is way better than the original "A" model (British - Hawker Siddeley). Will be replaced by F-35B vstol variant of the F-35, which in my never-to-be-humble opinion will be a colossal nightmare - a massively expensive and complex system being brought online just when personnel and budget cuts are on the horizon. Long, long time ago Marine Air passed up on replacing aging F-4's with F-14s for those reasons and waited for the F/A-18.
 
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