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John Glenn became a national hero by setting a new transcontinental airspeed record on July 17, 1957…sixty-four years ago this week. Although Glenn’s accomplishments as a Marine aviator, astronaut and senator are well documented, little is known about the subsequent history of the Crusader flown on that record-setting flight in 1957.
In today’s podcast we explore the rest of the Crusader’s story.
Winners of the 2020-2021 “Marines in Flight” Art Contest have been announced by the Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation.
Charles “Sly” Magill scored the last recorded air-to-air victory by a U.S. Marine Corps pilot on January 17,1991.
The Alvis Grant portrait reproduction of Robert Murray Hanson as well as his Medal of Honor Citation are displayed on the Wall of Honor at the Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation.
A leading Marine Corps ace during the Second World War, he is famous for shooting down 20 Japanese planes in six consecutive days. Hanson is credited with 25 total “kills,” including four Zeros, six torpedo bombers, and several other Japanese aircraft.
In addition to the Medal of Honor, Hanson also received the Navy Cross for his courage and extraordinary airmanship between January 5, 1944, and February 3, 1944, two Purple Hearts and the Air Medal.
First Lieutenant Hanson was killed in action on February 3, 1944, just one day short of his 24th birthday.
The staff and volunteers of the Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation take great pride in announcing that Jennifer Beckwith is the 2021 awardee of the Irene Ferguson Marine Wife Recognition Award.
In this special volunteer profile episode, we congratulate Justin Whitney; today, June 11, 2021, as we celebrate his graduation from high school and express our profound thanks for the tremendous support he has provided the Foundation.