Monthly Archives: December 2013

John Glenn’s Project Bullet F8U Crusader The Rest of the Story

By Bill France Significant accomplishments in aviation and astronautics during the mid-1950s and early 1960s were regarded as major news events. This was certainly true on July 16, 1957 when Senator (then Marine Major) John Glenn became a national hero by setting a new transcontinental air speed record.  On that day, Major Glenn flew an […]

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Corsair Pilots Tell Their Stories

By Frank Lorey ©2012 Over seventy years ago, in 1938, the Navy came up with a specification for a new carrier-based fighter, with the Bell, Grumman, and Vought companies entering designs in the competition. The Vought prototype flew in May, 1940, and eventually the experimental version became the United States’ first 400 MPH single-engine fighter, […]

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A Trip Back in Time: Vietnam

By J. T. “Birdie” Bertrand It is 12:45 PDT, April 14, 2012, in Los Angeles. Korean Airline’s A380 has just started its takeoff roll and soon we will be airborne on our way to Seoul Korea, a 1 hour 20 minute stopover and a connection to a Korean Airlines B-737 flight, non-stop to Da Nang […]

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The Few, The Proud, The Generous

October 1, 2012 – January 31, 2013  General Fund Donations Col J. Laurence Adkinson, Robert A. Almquist, Col Donald W. Anderson, Col Sam Badiner, BGen George L. Bartlett, CAPT Thomas G. Bauer, Mr. & Mrs Dmitriy Bekkeman, LtCol & Mrs Jay N. Bibler, Richard Blomgren, BGen William A. Bloomer, Robert S. Bolt, William F. Brindell, […]

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Medal of Honor Recipient

The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the MEDAL OF HONOR to: MAJOR STEPHEN WESLEY PLESS UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS for service as set forth in the following CITATION:  The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Major […]

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McDonnell Douglas RF-4B Phantom II

RF – Type (Reconnaissance Fighter); 4 – (Numerical Designation); B – (Version or Variant) The McDonnell Douglas RF-4B was the photo reconnaissance version of the versatile F-4 Phantom II. It first flew on March 12, 1965 with the first delivery going to Marine Composite Utility Squadron Three (VMCJ-3), based at MCAS El Toro, in May […]

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Tyrone Power

Legendary film and stage actor Tyrone Power was widely known as a “matinee idol” during a career that spanned more than 25 years. He starred in numerous films including The Long Grey Line, The Mark Of Zorro, The Sun Also Rises and A Yank In The RAF. Power’s performance as an accused murderer in the […]

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Building a Foundation for the Next 100 Years

This is my first year with the Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation, and it has already been a whirlwind of events, great people, and dedicated volunteers. Thanks to everyone for your support and advice as I ramp up our public relations and community outreach efforts. As you well know, this year marks the Centennial of Marine […]

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The Visionaries

By Lieutenant Colonel Ronald J. Brown U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, Retired The wake of the World War II, with its ominous specter of nuclear weapons, forced the Marine Corps to rethink existing amphibious doctrine. The conclusion was that previous methods of ship-to-shore movement were no longer sufficient to ensure a successful landing so alternative methods had to be developed. Several options […]

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Marine Helicopter Squadron 1

By Lieutenant Colonel Ronald J. Brown U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, Retired Marine Helicopter Squadron 1 (HMX-1) is unique in the Marine Corps because it has several distinct missions and at least three different chains-of-command providing guidance and tasking. HMX-1 was the first Marine rotary-wing squadron. It “stood up” at Marine Corps Airfield Quantico in Virginia on 1 December 1947 and […]

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