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Marine Aviation

 

Current Title: United States Marine Corps
Title in English: United States Marine Corps
Abbreviation: USMC

History

Narrative Summary:
22 May 1912 first officer starts learning to fly. First aircraft acquired shortly after. First Aviation Squadron deployed to France in First World War. Major expansion during Second World War. Also major participants in Korean and Vietnam Wars and Gulf War of 1991.

 

Key Dates:
22 May 1912    First officer starts learning to fly.
 

Current Status:
Units of the Marine Aviation are fully operational.

Future Plans:
No information available.

Markings

National Insignia:
Current --- Historical

Aircraft Serial Numbering System(s):
To be added.

Unit/Base Aircraft Code System(s):
To be added.

Aircraft

Aircraft Designation System(s):
History of Aircraft Designation Systems

Current Aircraft Inventory:
Table of Current Service Aircraft

All-Time Aircraft Used List:
Alphabetical Order --- Chronological Order

Organisation

 

Main Headquarters:

Department of the Navy, The Pentagon, Washington, DC 20350
 

Current Organisational Structure:
Marine aviation is divided into three active and one reserve Marine Air Wing (MAW), which directly support ground forces.

Current Order of Battle:
Table of Current Order of Battle

 

 

Historical Orders of Battle:

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1926)

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1931)

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1936)

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1939)

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1940)

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1941)

Historical Order of Battle (as at 4.1943)

Historical Order of Battle (as at 10.1943)

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1944)

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1945)

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1946)

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1951)

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1956)

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1961)

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1966)

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1971)

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1976)

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1981)

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1986)

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1992)

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1996)

Historical Order of Battle (as at 2001)

 


 

All-Time Flying Units List: (only units, which are not included in the Orders of Battle)

None.

 

Air Bases

Current Air Bases:
The Marine Aviation currently operates from twenty one mayor airbases and from various airfields.

Military Air Bases Listing

All-Time Air Bases Used List:
Military Air Bases Listing

More Information

 

Books:

Military Balance (IISS)

Magazines:

World Air Power Journal No.11 p.146

Marine Corps Magazine Almanac 1999

 

Websites:

United States Marine Corps (official homepage / includes aviation pages)

U.S. Marine Corps in World War II

Naval Historical Center (official homepage)

United States Naval Aviation 1910-1995

 

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