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Happy Anniversary: 100 Years of Marine Corps Aviation
Weasel Zippers ^

Posted on 05/31/2012 2:55:26 PM PDT by NFHale

Happy Anniversary: 100 Years of Marine Corps Aviation…

(Excerpt) Read more at weaselzippers.us ...


TOPICS: History; Military/Veterans; Miscellaneous; Reference
KEYWORDS: aircraft; aviation; marinecorps; usmc
Great history video...

Happy Anniversary - 100 years of USMC winged whoop-*ss!!!

Enjoy!!

OOOrah!!!!

1 posted on 05/31/2012 2:55:39 PM PDT by NFHale
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To: NFHale

From a proud Marine Aviator - Semper Fidelis!!


2 posted on 05/31/2012 2:58:28 PM PDT by rickyc
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To: NFHale

Yep! Every one a Naval Aviator!


3 posted on 05/31/2012 3:16:18 PM PDT by Jacquerie (No court will save us from ourselves)
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To: NFHale
Semper Fidelis!! From a Vietnam Vet - Marine Phantom Phixer F4-J - VMFA-232 - Red Devils.

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4 posted on 05/31/2012 3:19:31 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Red_Devil 232
Here is one all dressed up and on display at the Smithsonian.

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5 posted on 05/31/2012 3:23:58 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Phantoms....Winged Whoop-*ass indeed....

One of my favorite birds of prey.

Always kinda partial to the old Vought F4U Corsair too...(WWII Pacific version). MEAN lookin’ bird - just nasty and beautiful.


6 posted on 05/31/2012 3:24:21 PM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: NFHale

God bless the Marines!

Tweeted the link


7 posted on 05/31/2012 3:25:11 PM PDT by NEWwoman (God Bless America)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Sweet pic!!!


8 posted on 05/31/2012 3:25:37 PM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Air Force F-4s didn’t have a kickstand! Thanks for your service....Marines on my wife’s side of the family, a Navy dad and Air Force here and 2 brothers also.


9 posted on 05/31/2012 3:27:52 PM PDT by Typelouder
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To: NFHale
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10 posted on 05/31/2012 3:29:02 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Jacquerie

[sigh]....oh here we go!!! Hahahah!!

Excellent!


11 posted on 05/31/2012 3:29:53 PM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: thackney; Jacquerie; rickyc; Red_Devil 232; NEWwoman; Typelouder

Quite a leap in 100 short years, ain’t it?

In case anyone is in the Reading Pennsylvania area this weekend, there is a WWII Air show and re-enactment going on June 1,2,3.

http://www.maam.org/
22nd Annual
World War II Weekend
JUNE 1-2-3

They do this every year. Restored WWII aircraft (list at the link) armored vehicles, etc. An amazing collection, and re-enactors from around the world.

They have one of the few remaining flying B-17 Flying Fortresses there as well, and it goes up every year.

They even build a bombed out French village...with faux Frenchies sitting on the roof eating wine and cheese while the Amis and Le Boche duke it out in the streets below.


12 posted on 05/31/2012 3:41:53 PM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: NFHale

Semper Fi, sky high!


13 posted on 05/31/2012 4:57:00 PM PDT by 60Gunner (Eternal vigilance or eternal rest. Make your choice.)
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To: Red_Devil 232
Decint shot of one of our old, bedraggled birds. Appropriately,loaded with 750 ponders. No one liked handling those, too heavy to manhandle like 250 and 500 pound stuff into the hooks and swaybraces. Must not have been all that accurate, seems they usually used them for TPG and more higher altitude stuff, not close air support. Anyway, a forty plus year memory.

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Last squadron I was with before going to helos.

14 posted on 05/31/2012 6:07:41 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: doorgunner69

Great picture! Where and when was this picture taken? Da Nang or Chu Lai?


15 posted on 05/31/2012 6:59:24 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Red_Devil 232
I found it on the web, but if I had to take a guess, I'd say Da Nang. The revetments are too long unless he is out past the end by the taxiway. Then again, could be on the apron in between the last hangar and the 323 revetments, just dunno.

Truth be told, I only recall loading 750 pound stuff while with VMFA-122 in Da Nang. Could be just my 64 yr old memory, but it seemed Chu Lai specialized more in close air support. Maybe because the birds could quickly take off without waiting for airliners, Air Force, and whatever.

Lots of Hot Pad, Snake and Nape, 2.75" FFAR and Zunis. Hot and sweaty stuff during day, and working at night brought the rocket attacks.

16 posted on 05/31/2012 7:16:58 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: doorgunner69
I don't think I ever saw a 750#er we were using 250 and 500#ers. This is an aerial photo I took of our flight line at Nam Phong, Thailand. Also known as the Rose Garden.

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And a picture of my living quarters before the Seabees built our Mash Type quarters.

Rose Garden - Nam Phong Thialand

17 posted on 05/31/2012 7:20:05 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Red_Devil 232
I don't think I ever saw a 750#er we were using 250 and 500#ers.

Word was, we had sold them to the Brits, and then ended up buying them back when we stated going through so much ordnance 1967. Bought them back at a loss of course.

They were very fat, could not get a grip like you could on the smaller stuff with a slender nose.

On looking at that pic again, what I thought was an unbroken revetment does have a gap. Man, without revetments, you sure look exposed there in Nam Phong. We had to have them of course. I have some pics I took of the aftermath of 122mm hits and the burned up birds, but no damage outside of those two.

18 posted on 05/31/2012 7:41:07 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: doorgunner69
I was night crew just about the whole time I was in the Marines. The time for the rocket attacks seemed to be around 2 to 3 am at Da Nang. That is just about the time I was always sitting in a cockpit doing the daily avionics checks on all the aircraft they were always already loaded with their bombs and I was doing the final checks to make sure all electronics were ready for the early morning sorties.

Our sand bagged bomb shelter just outside the hanger. I am on the right.

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19 posted on 05/31/2012 7:43:13 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: NFHale

I was at Chu Lai in ‘66 & ‘68 with VMFA 314, The Black Knights. I seem to remember VMFA 232 being there at thhhat time. There were no F4’ in Da Nang, only Chu Lai if my memory is correct.


20 posted on 05/31/2012 7:43:38 PM PDT by yellowhorse (6 good horses, 3 good women)
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To: NFHale

I was at Chu Lai in ‘66 & ‘67 with VMFA 314, The Black Knights. I seem to remember VMFA 232 being there at thhhat time. There were no F4’ in Da Nang, only Chu Lai if my memory is correct.


21 posted on 05/31/2012 7:45:19 PM PDT by yellowhorse (6 good horses, 3 good women)
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To: NFHale

I was at Chu Lai in ‘66 & ‘67 with VMFA 314, The Black Knights. I seem to remember VMFA 232 being there at thhhat time. There were no F4’ in Da Nang, only Chu Lai if my memory is correct.


22 posted on 05/31/2012 7:45:33 PM PDT by yellowhorse (6 good horses, 3 good women)
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To: Red_Devil 232
Ah, night crew, then the distinct pleasure of trying to sleep through the heat of the day. I'd swipe as many fans as I could in our hootch and have them all blasting away at me as I lay there nekkid. Good for a few hours sleep at least.

I remember the avionics guys cursing the radars and Sparrows for not aligning. Now and then they would call and have us swap out a missile. Dunno if it could be told whether it was a radar problem or the missile. Oh well, one more thing to do

23 posted on 05/31/2012 7:52:22 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: yellowhorse
There were VMFA-122 F-4s at Da Nang from August 67 to early 68 whenever it was they rotated to Japan. There was a F-8 and A-6 squadron at Da Nang, and maybe an RF-4 Recce squadron. Many moons ago.

IIRC, VMFA-314 had the center section of revetments at Chu Lai. Memory escapes me who was at the south end. 323 was at the north end. Pilot named Truti I think wrote an outstanding book on his time with 314 if you ever find it.

24 posted on 05/31/2012 7:59:08 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: doorgunner69

my time was spent at Chu Lai in 66 & 67, that’s why i remember where the F4 were based. not 66 and 68. was trying to post from my phone. that’s why there were multiple post.

Right after I got there in the fall of 66 an A4 crashed at the south end of the runway. Made this 18yo kid realize that it was for real.

I was at Da Nang visiting my buddy who was with HMH 265, a CH54 squadron based there. Heard my first F8 take off. I thought the world was coming to an end.

I loved the beach at Chu Lai, but the water was treacherous. strongest undercurrent I know of.


25 posted on 05/31/2012 8:32:09 PM PDT by yellowhorse (6 good horses, 3 good women)
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To: doorgunner69; yellowhorse
Both y'all were in Nam before I was. I was in Da Nang in '72 then we bugged out and headed to Nam Phong, Thailand. We were supporting Operation Linebacker. That was one hot dirty and dusty place. No electricity for the tents we were sleeping in. When the Seabees got our Mash type quarters ready we did have power. We made Ice chests using the foam some of the ordnance came in. My father, who was stationed in Laos at the time, made three beer runs to Nam Phong via Air America with cases of beer that was shared with every one. Let me tell you 15 to 20 cases of beer didn't last long. This picture was taken in Nam Phong. It is of my Father delivering beer to us.

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A few weeks later he was able to get permission for me to go to Laos to visit at home for a weekend.

Me by my Dodge in Laos. My Dad had it shipped from the U.S. to Laos when I went to Nam.

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26 posted on 05/31/2012 8:50:14 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: yellowhorse; Red_Devil 232; doorgunner69; All

To all Vietnam veteran gentlemen...

Welcome home, thank you, and God bless you.


27 posted on 06/01/2012 5:24:42 AM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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