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Marine Aviation Deaths Are Six Times Navy’s

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: If you know a young person who dreams of flying for their country over land and sea, tell them they’re a lot safer in the Navy than in the Marines. The MV-22 tilt-rotor that crashed in August, killing three, and the KC-130T transport that crashed in July, killing 16, are just the tip of… Keep reading →

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19% Of Marine Aircraft Down For Repairs; Paying For Mistakes Of 1970s

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


CAPITOL HILL: Marines pride themselves on being ready for anything. But as of today, 19 percent of their air fleet is out of action “long-term” awaiting repairs and spares, the deputy commandant for aviation said today. “It’s 158 — actually, today, 159 aircraft — that the taxpayer paid $8.4 billion dollars for,” said Lt. Gen.… Keep reading →

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SP-MAGTF Commander Details ISIL Strikes; Notes 1st Marines ‘Could Clear’ Iraq

Posted by Richard Whittle on


BALLSTON, Va: Since early November, three Marine Corps MV-22B Ospreys and 26 marines have been on alert at Al Jaber Air Base in Kuwait, on 30-minute alert to fly in and rescue a U.S. or coalition pilot downed while bombing or shooting at the Islamic State in Iraq or Syria. On 29 occasions between Nov. 1 and… Keep reading →

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US Bombs Australia’s Reef, Sort Of; Awkward For Pacific Strategy

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


[updated Wednesday 11:15 am] Yes, it is a bad idea to drop bombs on a World Heritage site, even when they aren’t armed to explode. But it’s arguably better than dropping the bombs on people. Australians are understandably upset after US Marine Corps AV-8B Harriers, participating in a joint US-Australian exercise called Talisman Saber, jettisoned… Keep reading →

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Tribute To Camp Bastion Fallen; Taliban Targeted Harriers, Their ‘Biggest Threat’

Posted by Ed Timperlake on


It was a warm early fall evening at Dover as a C-17 Globemaster landed, carrying four American sons home. Two Army and two Marines, united in death, having given everything they had to support and defend our Constitution. All four were lost in Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan. The “dignified transfer” from the aircraft to the… Keep reading →

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