United States Marine Corps

Operator Profile

Key Facts

Current Title:
United States Marine Corps
English Title:
United States Marine Corps
First Established:
ICAO Code:
United States


Narrative Summary

US Marine Corps Aviation History

Key Dates

US Marine Corps Aviation Timeline

Current Status

The aircraft of the USMC are fully operational.

Future Plans

No information available.


National Insignia


Aircraft Serial Numbers

Background on Naval Aircraft Bureau (Serial) Numbers

Unit/Base Codes

Visual Identification System for Naval Aircraft (Tail Codes)


Aircraft Designations

History of Aircraft Designation Systems

Current Aircraft Inventory

Table of Current Service Aircraft

All-Time Aircraft Used List

All-Time Table of Aircraft Used

Aircraft NOT Used

False reports of aircraft on order or in service

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.


Main Headquarters

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

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

Orders of Battle Listing

All-Time Flying Units List

Units Listing

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

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

All-Time Air Bases Used List

To be added.
Military Air Bases Listing

More Information


Military Balance (IISS)
United States Air Forces Directory 2012/13 (Ken Wardle)
US Navy & Marine Corps Air Power Directory (David Donald & Jon lake)
U.S. Marine Corps Aviation Since 1912 (Peter B. Mersky)
U. S. Navy Aircraft, 1921-1941; U. S. Marine Corps Aircraft, 1914-1959 (William T. Larkins)
Wings of the Fleet: US Navy and Marine Corps Aviation 1919-1941 (Peter Freeman, Mike Starmer)


World Air Power Journal No.11 p.146
Marine Corps Magazine Almanac 1999
Combat Aircraft March-April 2000
Combat Aircraft August 2002


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

Any photographs illustrating this air arm would be welcome.

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