Tagged: Navy

Changing of the Guard at MCAS Yuma

Since 2012, the first active F-35B squadron of the US Marines Corps has been based at MCAS Yuma. This first squadron is VMFA-121 “Green Knights”, which flew the FA-18D Night Attack Hornet out of MCAS Miramar in California before the transition...

USS Bataan LHD-5 (Nick BIG 5) VMM-263 ends longest Navy deployment in 40 years and the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit

The USS BATAAN LHD-5 is an amphibious assault ship of the US Navy, 40650 tons displacement, 257.2 meters long, 33.5 meters wide, 42.6 meters flight deck width, 8.2 meters draft, 70000 PS and 20+ miles an hour. Cost: 731...

NAS Oceana Air Show 2014

With no military air shows last year, fans were anxiously awaiting 2014. Absence seems to make the heart grow fonder. NAS Oceana, VA is not just a weekend air show but rather a week-long event drawing aviation enthusiasts from...

Topgun in the Mid-1980s: Building on the Legacy – Part Three

PART 3: Critical Decisions and Events of the Mid-1980s. I was an F-14 RIO who joined my first Fleet fighter squadron in 1981. In 1982 I attended the Topgun class as a student (by then it was five weeks), and in 1984 I was selected to return as an instructor. The following events and decisions occurred during my time as an instructor and contributed to Topgun’s evolution and continued validity.

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