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Japan – HMM-265 Dragons return to Atsugi

Japan – HMM-265 Dragons return to Atsugi

One year after rendering assistance to Japanese tsunami victims during Operation Tomadachi from a base of operations in Atsugi, the Dragons of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 265 (Reinforced) returned for an encore. Three CH-46E Sea Knight helicopters and 16 Marines, part of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Air Combat Element, conducted a humanitarian assistance and… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 30-Apr-12

HMLA-169 pilot named USMC ground safety officer of the year

HMLA-169 pilot named USMC ground safety officer of the year

Capt. Phillip A. Wiktor, a UH-1Y Huey pilot and the hazardous materials officer-in-charge with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169 and a Rochester, Minn., native, received the 2011 Marine Corps Ground Safety Officer of the Year Award at the 26th Executive Force Preservation Board in Washington, D.C., March 28. Wiktor was awarded for his efforts… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 16-Apr-12

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Fatal MV-22 accident in Morocco

Fatal MV-22 accident in Morocco

This news item is part of the accident data provided by HeliHub.com on this site.  Information provided in this update may potentially be incomplete or inaccurate as we frequently post these stories only a very short time after the accident has occurred.  Users of HeliHub.com are advised to carry out their own checks and searches,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Apr-12

11-Apr-12 Bell-Boeing MV-22 southern Morocco (2F)

Two killed and two seriously injured in Osprey accident in southern Morocco during exercise “African Lion”.  V-22 assigned to VMM-261 out of MCAS New River.  The fatalities were later named as Cpl. Robby A. Reyes and Cpl. Derek A. Kerns

11-Apr-12

11-Apr-12 Bell-Boeing V-22 Amarillo, US-Texas

Precautionary field landing on test flight out of Amarillo

11-Apr-12

Last AH-1W flight for HMLA-267 as unit prepares for AH-1Z

Last AH-1W flight for HMLA-267 as unit prepares for AH-1Z

Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 267 conducted it’s final flight of their last AH-1W Super Cobra at Marine Corps Air Station 39, Camp Pendleton, Calif., March 23. The squadron first received an AH-1W in 1987 and has been conducting training and combat operations with it for the last 25 years. They will receive six AH-1Z… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 30-Mar-12

Sikorsky breaks ground on 35,000 sq.foot hangar in Florida

Sikorsky breaks ground on 35,000 sq.foot hangar in Florida

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. broke ground Tuesday on a new helicopter hangar that some hope will give lift to bigger expansion plans in Palm Beach County. (see full story)

Source: Orlando Sentinel, 27-Mar-12

US Presidential helicopter acquisition delayed further

US Presidential helicopter acquisition delayed further

The formal start of the VXX presidential helicopter program has been delayed, as finding an acceptable solution has proved elusive. Last year, we reported that the VXX effort was in the earliest stages of development–still developing a business case to launch product development. At that time, an AOA—required for a Milestone A decision initiating the… Read more »

Source: GAO, 06-Mar-12

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US Marines HMLA-269 receives new leadership

US Marines HMLA-269 receives new leadership

Lt. Col. Allen D. Grinalds relinquished command of Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 269 to Lt. Col. Mark E. Van Skike during a ceremony at the Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 29 hangar, Feb. 17. Grinalds has been the commanding officer of the “Gunrunners” squadron since October 2010. Grinalds graduated from the Naval Academy and was… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 05-Mar-12

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US Marine Corps retires CH-53D Sea Stallion

US Marine Corps retires CH-53D Sea Stallion

After more than 40 years of service, the Marine Corps retired the aging CH-53D Sea Stallion helicopter during a “sundown ceremony” Feb. 10 at the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. “From Vietnam, to Iraq and now in Afghanistan, the helicopter has provided sustaining and mission critical lift in every clime and place over… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 23-Feb-12

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22-Feb-12 168039 Bell UH-1Y Yuma, US-California (5F)

Mid air accident between AH-1W and UH-1Y of the US Marine Corps during a night-time exercise  Total of 7 fatalities, 2 in the AH-1W, five in the UH-1Y. The five in the UH-1Y were named later as Capt. Michael M. Quin, 28, of Purcellville, VA, Sgt. Justin A. Everett, 33, of Clovis, CA, Lance Cpl…. Read more »

22-Feb-12

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22-Feb-12 160107 Bell AH-1W Yuma, US-California (2F)

Mid air accident between AH-1W and UH-1Y of the US Marine Corps during a night-time exercise  Total of 7 fatalities, 2 in the AH-1W, five in the UH-1Y.  The two in the AH-1W were named later as Maj. Thomas A. Budrejko, 37, of Montville, CT and Capt. Benjamin N. Cerniglia, 31, of Montgomery, AL See… Read more »

22-Feb-12

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VMM-561 Tiltrotor Squadron trains on a stack of matresses

VMM-561 Tiltrotor Squadron trains on a stack of matresses

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. – Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 561 conducted emergency landing pad procedures for MV-22B Ospreys aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Feb. 13. The training helps pilots react if an aircraft suffers landing gear malfunctions. One Osprey practiced landing to test the configuration of the pad eyes. Pad eyes… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 20-Feb-12

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Lockheed Martin’s AH-1Z Cobra Targeting System Makes First Operational Deployment

Lockheed Martin’s AH-1Z Cobra Targeting System Makes First Operational Deployment

Lockheed Martin’s Target Sight System (TSS) for the AH-1Z Cobra attack helicopter deployed operationally for the first time with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) as part of the Amphibious Squadron 5. Lockheed Martin’s TSS is the fire control system for the AH-1Z Cobra. The TSS integrates sensors to provide aviators with superior imagery through a highly… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 16-Feb-12

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Bell Boeing delivers first Block C V-22 Osprey to USMC

Bell Boeing delivers first Block C V-22 Osprey to USMC

The Bell Boeing V-22 Program, a strategic alliance between The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] and Bell Helicopter,a Textron [NYSE: TXT] company, has announced that the U.S. Marine Corps has taken delivery of the first MV-22 Osprey produced with the new Block C suite of design upgrades. “The on-time, on-budget delivery of our first Block C… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 15-Feb-12

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PKL Services awarded $16M for USMC helicopter maintenance

PKL Services awarded $16M for USMC helicopter maintenance

PKL Services, Inc.*, Poway, Calif., is being awarded a $16,186,509 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00421-09-C-0023) to exercise an option for reset organizational level maintenance on the following Marine Corps aircraft platforms:  AH-1W, UH-1N, CH-53D/E, and CH-46E.  Work will be performed in Camp Pendleton, San Diego, Calif. (30 percent); Jacksonville, Fla. (25 percent);… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 05-Feb-12

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Afghanistan UH-1Y mechanic saves lives with maintenance discovery

Afghanistan UH-1Y mechanic saves lives with maintenance discovery

A Marine Corps sergeant in Afghanistan who unearthed a never-before-seen maintenance issue in a UH-1Y Huey was recently awarded by the Marine Corps for his potentially lifesaving find. The sergeant was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal in a ceremony at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, Jan. 12. Sgt. Christopher Lemke, a mechanic with Marine… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 24-Jan-12

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19-Jan-12 Sikorsky CH-53D Helmand Province, Afghanistan (6F)

The ceceased were named as Capt. Daniel Bartle, 27, of Ferndale, WA; Capt. Nathan McHone, 29, of Crystal Lake, IL; Master Sgt. Travis Riddick, 40, of Centerville, IA; Cpl. Jesse Stites, 23, of North Beach, MD; Cpl. Kevin Reinhard, 25, of Colonia, NJ; and Cpl. Joseph Logan, 22, of Willis, TX

19-Jan-12

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Marine Osprey squadron flies last mission of Afghanistan deployment

Marine Osprey squadron flies last mission of Afghanistan deployment

A Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey squadron flew its final combat mission, Jan. 17, to complete its deployment to Afghanistan. Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 162 has been deployed at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, for more than six months. The Marines will soon return to Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C. The squadron’s final mission in Afghanistan… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 18-Jan-12

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Presidential Marine One hangar gets solar panel array

Presidential Marine One hangar gets solar panel array

Suniva, Inc., a U.S. manufacturer of high-efficiency crystalline silicon solar cells and modules, today announced its panels are being used to power the newest— and largest— solar array installed by FLS Energy at the Marine Helicopter Squadron 1’s greenside hangar at Quantico, home to the president’s Marine One helicopter. The 120-kilowatt system features 500 of… Read more »

Source: Suniva, 13-Jan-12

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Galaxy Technologies awarded Bell tooling contract

Galaxy Technologies awarded Bell tooling contract

Galaxy Technologies announced today the company has been awarded a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract from Bell Helicopter Textron to design and manufacture tooling to support Bell’s re-design efforts for the H-1 Cuff and Yoke program in Ft. Worth, Texas. Bell Helicopter was awarded the Naval Air Systems Command contract in 2011. “The Galaxy team did… Read more »

Source: Galaxy Technologies, 11-Jan-12

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05-Jan-12 Bell UH-1N Corbin City, US-New Jersey

Field landing with no damage after reported tail rotor servo failure.  4POB, no injuries.  En route  to Virginia from joint base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.  Engineers from Fort Dix attended and helicopter flew again about 1 hour later

05-Jan-12

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Unmanned K-Max makes first delivery for Marines in Afghanistan

Unmanned K-Max makes first delivery for Marines in Afghanistan

Unmanned systems have revolutionized combat aviation, providing a colossal advantage in the fight against terror with surveillance and close-air support. Recently, a detachment of Marines from Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 1 in Afghanistan added aerial resupply to the list of UAV capabilities. The detachment completed its first unmanned aerial system cargo delivery in a… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 23-Dec-11

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13-Dec-11 Bell AH-1W Yuma, US-Arizona

Pilot elected to make an emergency landing, which was executed safely with no damage to the helicopter

13-Dec-11

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Super Stallion hits the air in Hawaii

Super Stallion hits the air in Hawaii

As the sun began to set behind the Ko’olau Mountains, pilots and crewmembers of Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463 witnessed its future — a CH-53E Super Stallion flying at Landing Zone Westfield, Nov. 7. The Super Stallions were sent to Marine Corps Base Hawaii from Marine Heavy Helicopter Training Squadron, Marine Corps Air Station, New… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 13-Nov-11

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USMC task force builds aviation support network in Afghanistan

USMC task force builds aviation support network in Afghanistan

Southwestern Afghanistan’s Helmand River Valley resembles a paradise in the midst of a seemingly endless expanse of rock and sand. Its beauty is misleading. The thin stretch of lush green farmland and densely-populated countryside has set the stage for some of the harshest fighting of the Afghan war. Patrol Base Alcatraz sits atop a sandy… Read more »

Source: USMC, 03-Nov-11

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Turkey requests three AH-1Ws plus parts, training

Turkey requests three AH-1Ws plus parts, training

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress today of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Turkey for three AH-1W SUPER COBRA Attack Helicopters and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $111 million. The Government of Turkey has requested a possible sale of three AH-1W SUPER COBRA… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 31-Oct-11

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VMM-161 breaks-in new training asset

VMM-161 breaks-in new training asset

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER, TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. – Swirls of dust flew up around a Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 161 MV-22B Osprey as it landed upon newly constructed landing pads during a confined area landing exercise Oct. 29 at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif. Col. Patrick Gramuglia, the Marine… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 27-Oct-11

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15-Oct-11 Boeing CH-46 Havelock, US-North Carolina

Downdraft during take off from Havelock Chili Festival caused widespread damage and some injuries to people

15-Oct-11

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HMH-461 conducts desert training at EMV

HMH-461 conducts desert training at EMV

Maneuvering beneath the line of artillery and mortar rounds, supporting ground units making their way to the landing zone, and tracking the location of the AV-8B Harrier jets flying just overhead is a lot to do at one time. This is what Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 461, the “Iron Horse,” is doing at the Enhanced… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 12-Oct-11

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UH-1Y arrives at MCAS Cherry Point

UH-1Y arrives at MCAS Cherry Point

The rotors of the aircraft made the once peaceful flight line a whirlwind of chaos. In true military fashion the birds flew in slow and came to a hover over their designated spots. While still hovering, the aircraft turned and proceeded to touch the ground, one at a time. This landing started a new chapter… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 10-Oct-11

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Unmanned K-Max gets Afghanistan call-up

Unmanned K-Max gets Afghanistan call-up

The Marine Corps will deploy the Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] and Kaman [NASDAQ-GS: KAMN] unmanned K-MAX® to Afghanistan next month. The decision follows the successful completion of a five-day Quick Reaction Assessment for the U.S. Navy’s Cargo Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) program. A formal report, released last week by Commander Operational Test and Evaluation Force, confirmed that… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 06-Oct-11

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J K Hill & Associates wins $9.4M uplift to MCAS Miramar maintenance contract

J K Hill & Associates wins $9.4M uplift to MCAS Miramar maintenance contract

J.K. Hill & Associates, Inc., Virginia Beach, Va., is being awarded a $9,394,128 modification (P00006) to previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (M00681-09-D-0009) to exercise option year two to provide an additional 12 months of aircraft maintenance services and logistical support assistance for the United States Marine Corps Marine Fighter Light Attack Helicopter Training Squad located… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 05-Oct-11

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28-Sep-11 Bell AH-1W Helmand Province, Afghanistan (1F)

First Lt. Ryan K. Iannelli, died while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 269, Marine Air Group 29, 2nd Marine Air Wing, II Marine Expeditionary Force, MCAS New River, N.C.

28-Sep-11

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LockMart wins $49.9M production contract for USMC Targeting System

LockMart wins $49.9M production contract for USMC Targeting System

Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] received a $49.9 million follow-on production contract from the Naval Surface Warfare Center for the Target Sight System (TSS), the fire control system for the U.S. Marine Corps’ AH-1Z Cobra attack helicopter. The Naval Surface Warfare Center awarded the initial TSS production contract in March 2008, followed by a second production contract… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 22-Sep-11

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Fatal Cobra crash at Camp Pendleton

Fatal Cobra crash at Camp Pendleton

There has been a fatal accident of a Bell AH-1W at Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton in California, killing both occupants. The HeliHub.com page for this accident is at 19-Sep-11 Bell AH-1W Camp Pendleton, US-California (2F)

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Sep-11

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19-Sep-11 Bell AH-1W Camp Pendleton, US-California (2F)

The helicopter went down at approximately 1:00 p.m. Monday in a training area in the southeast corner of Camp Pendleton.  A small brush fire broke out as a result of the crash. Fire crews are on scene working to contain the flames.  The two fatalities were later named as Capt. Jeffrey Bland, 37, and 1st… Read more »

19-Sep-11

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US Marines build helipad for Romanian hospital

US Marines build helipad for Romanian hospital

CONSTANTA, Romania  — Combat engineers with Black Sea Rotational Force 11 have been in the Black Sea region since April providing community relations projects that help small towns and villages throughout the region. Now, their biggest impression can be seen at the local Constanta County Hospital and Trauma center, where they worked with local contractors to… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 12-Sep-11

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Huey crew chiefs receive award for efforts in Afghan skies

Huey crew chiefs receive award for efforts in Afghan skies

CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan  —  Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 267 awarded 18 Marines with combat aircrew wings at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, Aug. 26. The combat wings signify service in a combat environment, compared to the basic wings all aircrew receive when their initial training is complete. The crew chiefs of HMLA-267 who received their combat… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 30-Aug-11

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VIP upgrades for four V-22s

VIP upgrades for four V-22s

Marines unit HMX-1  is set to receive four VIP kits that will effectively turn the V-22s into executive aircraft suitable for diplomats and dignitaries, presidential staff and other very important people.  The Marine Corps is accepting proposals through August from companies to build and deliver the new kits.  (See full story)

Source: Marine Corps Times, 29-Aug-11

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Sea Stallions’ first forward refueling takes fight farther south

Sea Stallions’ first forward refueling takes fight farther south

PATROL BASE WOLFPACK, Helmand province, Afghanistan — From this remote desert outpost just miles from the Pakistani border, two Marine Corps attack helicopters were heard before they were seen. “Four miles out,” shouted Capt. Orion Jones over the growing percussion of their blades. Jones’ Marines emptied out of their waiting heavy-lift helicopter, running with a… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 29-Aug-11

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First GE38 engine delivered for Marine Corps CH-53K program

First GE38 engine delivered for Marine Corps CH-53K program

GE has delivered the first engine for the Sikorsky CH-53K Ground Test Vehicle culminating two years of successful testing that has convincingly demonstrated the engine’s ability to provide the increased mission capability required for United States Marine Corps (USMC) missions. “Every day, testing has validated our design philosophy and reinforced our confidence in our ability… Read more »

Source: General Electric, 09-Aug-11

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ATK wins $109M for Joint and Allied Threat Awareness System for Navy and Marine Corps helicopters

ATK wins $109M for Joint and Allied Threat Awareness System for Navy and Marine Corps helicopters

Alliant Techsystems, Inc., Defense Electronic Systems, Clearwater, Fla., is being awarded a $109,245,120 fixed-price-incentive-fee contract for engineering and manufacturing development for the Joint and Allied Threat Awareness System for Navy and Marine Corps rotary aircraft.  In addition, this provides for the hostile fire indication capability.  Work will be performed in: Nashua, N.H. (40.2 percent); Woodland… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 25-Jul-11

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Javelin Thrust Marines conduct helicopter heavy lifting exercise

Javelin Thrust Marines conduct helicopter heavy lifting exercise

MARINE CORPS MOUNTAIN WARFARE TRAINING CENTER BRIDGEPORT, Calif., – When Marines head into battle, they move in fast and hard against the enemy, and sometimes the quickest way to receive supplies is by a quick drop-off from a CH-53E Super Stallion. The Marines and sailors of Support Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 44, and a CH-53E… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 25-Jul-11

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Marine Corps Osprey squadrons transfer authority in Afghanistan

Marine Corps Osprey squadrons transfer authority in Afghanistan

Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 264 transferred responsibility of providing aerial assault support to Marines and coalition troops on the ground in southwestern Afghanistan to VMM-162, at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, July 18. With VMM-162 in place to support combat operations, the Marines of VMM-264, commanded by Lt. Col. Brian G. McAvoy, are now slated to return… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 24-Jul-11

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Reconnaissance Marines join air wing to perform fast-roping manoeuvre

Reconnaissance Marines join air wing to perform fast-roping manoeuvre

Marines with Medium Helicopter Squadron-764 joined forces with 3rd Force Reconnaissance Company Marines in a tactical insertion exercise as part of Operation Javelin Thrust 2011, a reserve training exercise. HMM-764 Marines geared up the two CH-46E Sea Knights for the operation. The mission involved a tactical insertion maneuver, which enables troops to be dropped in… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 24-Jul-11

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Marines in Afghanistan honour departed Osprey crew chief

Marines in Afghanistan honour departed Osprey crew chief

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghansitan – Deployed Marines and sailors gathered at the Regional Command Southwest Memorial Chapel on Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, to honor the life of Staff Sgt. Thomas J. Dudley, July 18. Dudley fell to his death from an MV-22 Osprey while conducting combat operations in southwestern Afghanistan, July 7. “We will we commemorate his… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 19-Jul-11

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Two years in the making, HMLA-469 ready for combat

Two years in the making, HMLA-469 ready for combat

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — Marines from Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469, Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, celebrated the squadron’s two-year anniversary, July 1. HMLA-469 was created as part of the commandant’s “Grow the Force” initiative, which realigned Marine Corps aviation in addition to activation of three additional HMLA squadrons to the… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 19-Jul-11

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MWSS-374 builds new Osprey helicopter landing pads

MWSS-374 builds new Osprey helicopter landing pads

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif.  — An installation the size of the Combat Center comes with lots of maintenance, ranging from road repairs and replacing firing targets to building landing pads for the many types of aircraft that fly in to support training. To help keep the maintenance down on V-22 Osprey… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 14-Jul-11

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Cargo UAS tests to begin at Pax River

Cargo UAS tests to begin at Pax River

The Navy and Marine Corps’ plans to field a cargo unmanned aircraft system are moving forward as the first of two potential UAS helicopters landed at Pax River, July 1. The Navy and Marine Corps Multi-Mission Tactical Unmanned Air Systems program office (PMA-266) coordinated the arrival of Lockheed Martin’s KMAX helicopter, one of the systems… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 08-Jul-11

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Israeli Air Force revisits US to check out MV-22 capabilities

Israeli Air Force revisits US to check out MV-22 capabilities

For the second time in two months, a team from the Israeli Air Force visited 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing units at Marine Corps Air Station New River to evaluate the Marine Corps’ MV-22 Osprey, and aircraft that the Israelis, according to some reports, see as a possible platform for search and rescue operations, and for… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 07-Jul-11

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07-Jul-11 Boeing MV-22 southwestern Afghanistan (1F)

Staff Sgt. Thomas J. Dudley fell to his death from an MV-22 Osprey while conducting combat operations in southwestern Afghanistan

07-Jul-11

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06-Jul-11 Bell UH-1Y Camp Pendleton, US-California (1F)

The helicopter, belonging to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, crashed on a training flight shortly before noon Wednesday in the San Mateo Area of Camp Pendleton killing one of the seven on board.  The deceased serviceman was later named as Sgt. Trevor Cook, 25, of Orleans, N.Y.

06-Jul-11

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Canada buys nine US-101s from suspended VH-71 program

Canada buys nine US-101s from suspended VH-71 program

One of the pledges made by Barack Obama prior to being elected President was to was to cancel the presidential VH-71 Kestrel helicopter program – which had been awarded by his predessor George Bush after British prime minister Tony Blair had cosied up to him on behalf of AgustaWestland.  However, Bush’s administration then changed the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Jun-11

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Dragons join 31st MEU as air combat element

Dragons join 31st MEU as air combat element

CAMP HANSEN, Japan — Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 265 (Reinforced), known as the “Dragons,” became attached to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, III Marine Expeditionary Force, June 13, as the MEU’s air combat element. “Our mission will be to provide the best possible service for 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, and the 31st MEU,” said Sgt…. Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 23-Jun-11

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ITT wins $36M night vision contract from US Navy and Marine Corps

ITT wins $36M night vision contract from US Navy and Marine Corps

ITT Corp., Roanoke, Va., is being awarded a $36,240,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for AN/AVS-9, night vision image intensifier sets.  The AN/AVS-9 system is a night vision system consisting of a binocular imaging assembly, a helmet mount, a low profile power pack, a carrying case, and ancillary equipment.  The AN/AVS-9 is used by Navy and Marine… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 14-Jun-11

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Marine light attack helicopter Squadron 269 answers call to duty

Marine light attack helicopter Squadron 269 answers call to duty

CAMP DWYER, Afghansitan – The commanding officer of Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 269 received a phone call from his higher headquarters in May. More attack helicopters were needed to support Marines and their coalition partners in southwestern Afghanistan in preparation of the fighting season. Within a few weeks of receiving that phone call, the… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 13-Jun-11

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Haskell Co awarded $138M contract for MV-22 hangar/apron/taxiway at Camp Lejeune

Haskell Co awarded $138M contract for MV-22 hangar/apron/taxiway at Camp Lejeune

The Haskell Co., Jacksonville, Fla., is being awarded a $138,836,727 firm-fixed-price contract for the Marine Vertical 22 maintenance hangar, apron expansion, parallel taxiway, and hangar at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune.  The work to be performed provides for the construction of an aircraft parking apron to support additional requirements created by the introduction of the… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 12-Jun-11

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Vietnamese delegates tour Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay

Vietnamese delegates tour Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay

A Vietnamese delegation visited Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 362 at Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay June 7 to gain a better understanding of how the air station maintains 40-year-old Vietnam-era CH-53D Sea Stallion helicopters. Lt. Gen. Trần Quang Khuê, deputy chief of the general staff, People’s Army of Vietnam, was one of five Vietnamese… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 09-Jun-11

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23-May-11 88-0101 Boeing CH-47D Dublin, Ireland

ONe of the four Chinooks used in Ireland for President Obama’s visit had a blade damaged in the high winds.  The helicopter was airfreighted out of Dublin on 3rd June in a C-17 freighter for repair.

23-May-11

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Pendleton helicopter squadrons transfer authority in Afghanistan

Pendleton helicopter squadrons transfer authority in Afghanistan

CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan – The Vipers of Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169 are scheduled to transfer their responsibility of providing close air support in Regional Command Southwest to HMLA-267, at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, May 19. Following their seven-month deployment in southwestern Afghanistan, the Marines of HMLA-169 are scheduled to return home to Marine Corps… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 20-May-11

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NG’s rotorcraft technology contributes to US Navy’s successful test bed flight

NG’s rotorcraft technology contributes to US Navy’s successful test bed flight

Northrop Grumman Corporation’s (NYSE:NOC) Digital Avionics Suite technology was recently used for the first time in the successful flight of a UH-1N helicopter that serves as an avionics test bed for future rotary wing hardware and software developments. The Test Bed for Rapid Warfighter Response and Experimentation, known as “T-Rex,” is operated by the U.S…. Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 18-May-11

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US Marines lift damaged Canadian Chinook to safety

US Marines lift damaged Canadian Chinook to safety

CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan –Canadian and U.S. forces safely recovered a downed Canadian Forces CH-47 Chinook helicopter during a tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel mission in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, May 17. Utilizing a trio CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 461, with assistance from 2nd Marine Logistics Group’s helicopter support team, the… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 18-May-11

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26th MEU returns from deployment

26th MEU returns from deployment

USS KEARSARGE, At Sea – More than 1,000 Marines and sailors assigned to 26th Marine Expeditionary will redeploy to home stations in eastern North Carolina, May 12, after almost nine months deployed aboard the ships of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group. Deploying in August of last year, one month earlier than scheduled, 26th MEU delivered… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 12-May-11

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Marine Corps Osprey Squadron welcomes new leader in Afghanistan

Marine Corps Osprey Squadron welcomes new leader in Afghanistan

CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan – A Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey squadron deployed with 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) welcomed a new commander at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, April 15. The Marines and sailors of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 264 said goodbye to Lt. Col. Jeffrey P. Hogan who relinquished command of the squadron to Lt. Col. Brian… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 15-Apr-11

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HMLA-469 receives its first UH-1Ys at MCAS Camp Pendleton

HMLA-469 receives its first UH-1Ys at MCAS Camp Pendleton

The last Marine Light Attack Helicopter squadron aboard Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, HMLA 469, Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, received its first UH-1Y helicopter April 1, as part of the Marine Corps’ H-1 upgrade program. The upgrade will allow HMLA 469 to more effectively execute its mission of providing offensive… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 15-Apr-11

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HMX-1 ‘Big Irons’ reassigned to operating forces

HMX-1 ‘Big Irons’ reassigned to operating forces

After 44 years of service at the Corps’ most historic helicopter squadron, the last CH-53 helicopters from Marine Helicopter Squadron 1 will soon be reassigned to the operating forces. The CH-53s will be redistributed as part of the Marine Corps fiscal year 2011 aviation campaign plan, which will increase the Corps’ number of CH53E helicopter… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 15-Apr-11

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USMC makes aviation history with intercontinental Osprey flight

USMC makes aviation history with intercontinental Osprey flight

CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan – The Marine Corps completed an aviation first, April 8, by flying MV-22B Ospreys on the aircraft’s longest movement to date. Six Ospreys with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 266 returned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit after a trek from Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, to Souda Bay, Greece, with the assistance of a… Read more »

Source: USMC, 12-Apr-11

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CAGW issues Spending Cut of the Week: USMC’s V-22 Osprey

CAGW issues Spending Cut of the Week: USMC’s V-22 Osprey

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) issued its weekly spending cut alert aimed at the United States Marine Corps’ V-22 Osprey, a tilt-rotor aircraft designed to fly as fast as a turboprop airplane while retaining the ability to take off and land vertically. Between 1993 and 2007, taxpayers spent $22 billion on the V-22; 30 Marines… Read more »

Source: CAGW, 11-Apr-11

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GAO appears impressed by CH-53K program to date

GAO appears impressed by CH-53K program to date

The United States Marine Corps is facing a critical shortage of heavy-lift aircraft. In addition, current weapon systems are heavier than their predecessors, further challenging the Marine Corps’s current CH-53E heavy-lift helicopters. To address the emerging heavy-lift requirements, the Marine Corps initiated the CH-53K Heavy Lift Replacement program, which has experienced significant cost increase and… Read more »

Source: GAO, 06-Apr-11

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UH-1Y flight training device relocated to MCAS New River

UH-1Y flight training device relocated to MCAS New River

The Navy relocated a UH-1 Yankee helicopter flight training device (FTD) to Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River, N.C. this winter. The trainer, a full-size replica of the UH-1 Yankee cockpit, was originally located at MCAS Camp Pendleton, Calif. It was moved to provide simulation training capability to East Coast UH-1 Yankee squadrons. It… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 05-Apr-11

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29-Mar-11 Sikorsky MH-53 Kaneohe, US-Hawaii (1F)

One fatality, two critical, one serious aboard USMC H-53 helicopter which came down in the sea two miles off Kaneohe Air Station.  USCG and Honolulu Fire Dept helicopters attending.  Fatality later named as Cpl. Jonathan D. Faircloth, 22, of Mechanicsburg, PA.  Others on board were pilot Maj. Clinton J. Collins, co-pilot Capt. Kevin F. Hayles,… Read more »

29-Mar-11

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Libya conflict – Osprey active in rescuing downed F-15 pilot

Libya conflict – Osprey active in rescuing downed F-15 pilot

ARLINGTON, Va.  — Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit rescued a U.S. Air Force pilot downed in Libya March 22. The F-15E Strike Eagle crashed in northeast Libya March 21 while flying in support of Operation Odyssey Dawn, the joint coalition enforcing U.N. Security Council Resolution 1973 to protect the Libyan people from the country’s… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 23-Mar-11

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17-Mar-11 Sikorsky CH-53E MCAS Miramar, US-California (1F)

Mechanic became trapped under the sponson of a CH-53E after the landing gear collapsed when the landing-gear pin was pulled before takeoff. Marine was later named as Sgt. Alexis Fontalvo

17-Mar-11

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14-Mar-11 Bell UH-1N Jacksonville, US-North Carolina

Engine fire en route – emergency (and safe) landing in field

14-Mar-11

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