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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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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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Sikorsky HO3S-1

By Lieutenant Colonel Ronald J. Brown U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, Retired The Sikorsky HO3S-1 was the first helicopter assigned to the U.S. Marine Corps. The HO3S was the naval variant of Sikorky’s model S-51 commercial helicopter. Despite its observation designation, the HO3S was actually a utility aircraft used for a variety of roles. Among the 46 conceptual uses initially listed […]

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Marine Wife Award 2013: Jamie Weathers

Recognizing Marine Wives’ hard work Marine Corps Air Station Miramar / 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Story by Lance Cpl. Raquel Barraza Saturday, June 6, 2013 SAN DIEGO – Jamie Weathers, a music teacher with Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic School, Ariz., and a Marshall, Okla., native, received the Irene Ferguson Marine Wife Recognition Award at […]

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Marine Wife Award 2012: Sasha Lightfoot

Marine Wife Recognition Award goes to Sasha Lightfoot   MajGen Bobby Butcher (retired), left, chairman of the Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation, speaks about the deeds of Sasha Lightfoot, right, recipient of the Irene Ferguson Marine Wife Recognition Award and a Fort Worth, Texas, native at an award ceremony aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., […]

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Picnic With A Pilot: Rex McCoy

Rex McCoy discussed his time as a gunner on ship during the Vietnam War. He showed guests the type of US Marine Corps aircraft that saved his life and the lives of his comrades. The video is an excerpt of his talk. Scroll down for the full photo gallery. Save the date for the next […]

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Picnic With A Pilot: Dan King

The Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum launched its first “Picnic With A Pilot” series June 8, 2013 during Open Cockpit Days. The first amazing pilot featured in the series was Distinguished Flying Cross, CWO-3 Dan King. He has an amazing story – with 1600 combat flying hours, 825 combat missions and was shot down three times! […]

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