March 23, 2023

F2H Banshee Units

F2H Banshee Units, By Richard R. Burgess, Osprey Publishing Ltd., UK. 2022. 96 pp. Ill. No. 141 in Osprey’s Combat Aircraft series, this latest book from retired U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Richard Burgess is his usual highly detailed and colorful account of one of the two U.S. Navy and Marine Corps’ jet fighters in the Korean War of 1950-53.

March 23, 2023

CVW-7, FRCSW Complete First of its Kind Aircraft Repairs at Sea

Artisans from Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW) completed first-of-its-kind repairs at sea on an F/A-18E Super Hornet, attached to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 136, Jan. 9. They repaired damages from an in-flight starboard engine fire that occurred on Aug. 31, 2022, cutting down repair times and preserving the operational readiness and mission capabilities of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 10 and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7.

March 23, 2023

Douglas F4D-1/F-6A Skyray

Douglas F4D-1/F-6A Skyray, by Nicholas M. Williams, 2021. 257 pp. Ill. A considerable upgrade from the previous 1986 “Naval Fighters No. 13,” this new edition offers 60 additional pages that, of course, include many more photos of what might be considered Douglas’ futuristic bat-wing naval interceptor of the late 1950s-early 1960s.

March 23, 2023

Kamikaze, Japan’s Last Bid for Victory

Kamikaze, Japan’s Last Bid for Victory, by Adrian Stewart, Pen & Sword Aviation, Yorkshire, UK. 2022. 209 pp. Ill. This author’s list of previously published works, most of which come from Pen & Sword, deals with United Kingdom units in WWII, so he is in home territory once more. Few of these other books are listed in the bibliography.

March 23, 2023

FRCE Conducts Test Run of CH-53K Engine Disassembly

Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) recently opened a new chapter in the depot’s engine program with its first disassembly of the T408 engine, which powers the CH-53K King Stallion helicopter.

March 23, 2023

Navy Delivers New Maintenance Trainer to the Fleet

The Naval Aviation Training Systems and Ranges Program Office recently delivered the new Maintenance Integrated Flight Control Trainer (IFCT) Aerial Refueling (AR) capable device to the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit at Naval Air Station Norfolk, Virginia.

March 23, 2023

CH-53K Approved for Full Rate Production

The CH-53K King Stallion heavy lift helicopter has entered Full Rate Production (FRP) and its deployment phase, following a decision review by Frederick J. Stefany, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition.

March 23, 2023

CH-53K Lifts F-35C in External Load Test

A CH-53K King Stallion heavy lift helicopter from Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron (VMX) 1 performed an external load certification lift of an inoperable F-35 Lightning II airframe in December at Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, Maryland. The lift was to evaluate the load and inform future lift capabilities.

March 23, 2023

FRCE Bearing Shop Supports the Fleet One Bearing at a Time

Fleet Readiness Center East’s Bearing Shop is a place where success or failure can be measured in thousandths of an inch. In this shop, bearings—used on vehicles that operate in the air, on land and at sea—are inspected, measured and analyzed with a painstaking attention to detail by a small team of highly trained professionals.

March 23, 2023

Joint Effort Completes HSM-79 MH-60R Repairs

Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 79 completed an MH-60R tail bushing repair with Spanish aviation specialists in January at Naval Station Rota, Spain.

March 23, 2023

Navy Successfully Demonstrates Unmanned Cargo Delivery Systems for Ship at Sea

The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) recently demonstrated multiple unmanned systems in a first-of-its-kind mission to move supplies to ships at sea without the use of manned aircraft during an event at Webster Field in St. Inigoes, Maryland, part of Naval Air Station Patuxent River.

March 23, 2023

MQ-4C Triton Anti-Ice Testing Underway

The MQ-4C Triton test team conducted the first flight to assess the unmanned aircraft system’s (UAS) ability to fly with wing ice accumulation Jan. 25 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland.

March 23, 2023

Carl Vinson Successfully Completes PIA Ahead of Schedule, Saves $4 Million

After being moored pierside at Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, California, for six months, Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) successfully completed a Planned Incremental Availability (PIA) ahead of schedule while underway conducting sea trials Dec. 4, 2022.

March 23, 2023

U.S. Naval Community College to Offer Associate of Science Degree in Aviation Maintenance

Beginning in summer 2023, the United States Naval Community College (USNCC), headquartered in Quantico, Virginia, will offer an associate of science degree in aviation maintenance. USNCC began accepting applications Feb 27.

March 23, 2023

Navy Experiments with Flight Line of the Future Tagging Technology

The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) recently conducted flight line of the future experimentation with artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies to independently identify and track aircraft on the flight line with tagging, commonly known as QR codes.

March 23, 2023

MRTS 3D® Moves Forward With Implementation

The Multipurpose Reconfigurable Training System (MRTS) 3D® was implemented for testing for the first time on a Navy ship, the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), from Nov. 29 to Dec. 11, 2022.

March 23, 2023

V-22 Program Office Recognizes Four Decades of Collaboration

Forty years ago, the Department of Navy (DoN) took control of what is now known as the V-22 Joint Program Office, responsible for the cradle-to-grave acquisition, sustainment, development and production of the venerable tiltrotor aircraft.

March 23, 2023

World Famous Vanguard of HM-14 Fly Final Flight

The “World Famous Vanguard” of Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron (HM) 14 flew the final flight of the squadron Dec. 8, 2022, in Norfolk, Virginia.

March 23, 2023

New Zealand Receives First of Four P-8A Poseidons

New Zealand accepted its first P-8A Poseidon during a ceremony Dec. 7 held in Seattle, Washington. This is the first of four P-8A deliveries to the New Zealand Defence Force. The P-8A replaces New Zealand’s current fleet P-3K2 Orions.

Dec. 21, 2022

AIRLANT’s MOC Director Discusses Transforming Naval Aviation from the Deckplates to the Flight Lines

Capt. Ronnie Harper has spent the entirety of his 35-year naval career improving Naval Aviation through positions held as an enlisted and naval officer assigned in organizational (O-Level) and intermediate (I-Level) maintenance and acquisition assignments. This experience ultimately led to his current role as the Maintenance Operations Center (MOC) Director at Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic (AIRLANT).

Dec. 21, 2022

Grampaw Pettibone

During night operations, in an effort to take a break and rest while waiting for the arrival of an F/A- 18C to land and proceed to his “hot brake” check area prior to the refueling pits, a plane captain/hot brake checker laid down on the centerline of the taxiway and fell asleep. As the Hornet taxied to the hot brake check area the pilot’s attention was diverted from the taxiway because he was unable to see the illuminated taxi wands where the hot brake checker usually stands. His attention was on the hangar, the refueling pits and the sides of the taxiway looking for the hot brake checker.

Dec. 21, 2022

Ford Executes First Deployment

The first-in-class aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), flagship of the Gerald R. Ford Carrier Strike Group (GRFCSG), returned Nov. 26 to Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, after successfully completing its inaugural deployment throughout the Atlantic while conducting exercises and port visits with Allies and partners.

Dec. 21, 2022

Essential Repairs Needed: Getting A Bird to Fly

The first-in-class aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN 78) aviation structural mechanics work with Sailors from various Fleet Readiness Centers (FRC), who are temporarily assigned to Ford’s aircraft intermediate maintenance department (AIMD), to support the readiness of the various squadrons aboard.

Dec. 21, 2022

Behind the Scenes: Tire Shop

Pilots cannot taxi, take off or land an aircraft without tires. But whose job is it to service the tires?

Dec. 21, 2022

50 Years Since First Flight, E-2C Legacy Continues

The E-2C Hawkeye has been a linchpin in the Navy’s command and control capabilities for more than 50 years. The all-weather, carrier-based tactical airborne early warning (AEW) aircraft recently celebrated its 50th anniversary of flight. Although the E-2C is scheduled for sundown in 2026, the aircraft’s impressive legacy of capability and sustainability will live on.

Dec. 21, 2022

NAMCE Lemoore Responsible for Returning Nearly Five Squadrons’ Worth of Aircraft to Fleet Since 2018

The 400 officers, Sailors and civilian contractors assigned to Naval Aviation Maintenance Center for Excellence (NAMCE) Lemoore, California, have made a critical impact to the goal of 360 mission-capable (MC) F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Navy-wide since the command’s stand-up in 2018.

Dec. 21, 2022

Ship Motion Platform Brings Unique Testing Tool to NAWCAD Lakehurst

After five years of hard work and dedication, team members from Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division Lakehurst (NAWCAD LKE) are excited to see their one-of-a-kind Ship Motion Platform (SMP) fully operational.

Dec. 21, 2022

Team Investment Saves CH-53K Program Schedule, Strengthens Small Business

Ingenuity, oversight and a capital investment by the production department for Naval Air Systems Command’s Heavy Lift Helicopter Program Office helped transform a struggling U.S. manufacturer into a modern, dependable production source for aircraft fuel cells and avoided the potential failure of a critical Department of Defense (DOD) supplier.

Dec. 21, 2022

The Phoenix Rises: Resurrection of Aircraft 166879

In the waning sunlight of April 2, Victory 205 took off on a Functional Check Flight (FCF) Profile A—the last step in the arduous maintenance journey before being deemed airworthy. The growl of the afterburners and retraction of the landing gear was met with cheers, high-fives and jubilation from the 15 dedicated maintainers on the flight line. To many, this may have seemed like a normal F/A-18 takeoff from Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana; however, this was the first flight of aircraft 166879 (Side 205) since May 4, 2012. 

Dec. 21, 2022

50th CH-53E Super Stallion Completes RESET

The 50th CH-53E Super Stallion aircraft recently completed an extensive maintenance process, known as RESET. The program achieved its “golden” milestone in September with the completion and delivery of the aircraft back to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 466, at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California.

Dec. 21, 2022

First Woman Takes Command of Naval Test Wing Atlantic

Capt. Elizabeth Somerville became the Navy’s first woman to command Naval Test Wing Atlantic after a change of command ceremony at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, Aug. 11.

Dec. 21, 2022

King Stallion Completes First Exercise

Arid, hot air sits heavy over the mountains. Soon, the autumn winds will sweep the lands to chase away the heat, but before they can, the chop of helicopter rotor blades can be heard through the valleys. Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 461 has been here before, but never with the latest innovation in Marine Corps aviation: the CH-53K King Stallion.

Dec. 21, 2022

HSC-3, HSC-4, VRM-30 Receive Navy’s Highest Flight Safety Award

Vice Adm. Kenneth Whitesell, Commander, Naval Air Forces, presented the 2021 Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Aviation Safety Award to the “Merlins” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 3, the “Black Knights” of HSC-4 and the “Titans” of Fleet Logistics Multi-Mission Squadron (VRM) 30 aboard Naval Air Station North Island, California, Oct. 20.

Dec. 21, 2022

First Student Naval Aviators Begin Training in New Helicopter System

Twelve student naval aviators at Naval Air Station (NAS) Whiting Field in Milton, Florida, began advanced helicopter training in the new TH-73A Thrasher aircraft in early September.

Dec. 21, 2022

2nd MAW Marines Train Using Video Games

The tension in the room was palpable as the prototype of the Gaming Environment for Air Readiness (GEAR) system was booted. Program stakeholders loomed over the shoulders of anxious developers as the Marines of Marine Air Support Squadron (MASS) 1 prepared their demonstration of the program. Unit leadership observed as the Marines worked through air-control scenarios while plotting points on their maps, giving commands to a simulated pilot programmed with artificial intelligence

Dec. 21, 2022

Marines Move Out with First Tier 1 Expeditionary AM Machine

Maintainers at Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron (MALS) 39 at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, can now deploy an additive manufactured (AM) capability in contested logistics environments thanks to a newly installed Tier 1 Expeditionary (T1X) desktop polymers AM system. Additive manufacturing is the industrial production name for 3D printing.

Dec. 21, 2022

VMFA-314 “Black Knights” Return from Historic Deployment

The “Black Knights” of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 314 returned in August from their deployment with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72).

Dec. 21, 2022

Navy Demos Wide Range of VTOL Systems for Future Operations

The Navy and Marine Corps Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems program office put Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) systems through their paces during a two-week technical demonstration in mid-September.

Dec. 21, 2022

EA-18G Growler Returns To the Skies Five Years After Mid-Air Collision

An EA-18G Growler, attached to Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 129, successfully completed a functional check flight Oct. 17 at Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island, Washington, marking the end of a complex transformation process for an aircraft thought to be beyond repair.

Dec. 21, 2022

Navy Evaluates New Crash Crane, Increasing Capability, Availability

The Navy’s Common Aviation Support Equipment Program Office is currently evaluating Electromagnetic Environmental Effects (E3) on a Crash and Salvage Crane (CSC) at the Aircraft Anechoic Test Facility in Patuxent River, Maryland.

Dec. 21, 2022

Navy Contracts MQ-9 Reapers for Marine Corps, Extending Range for Future Operations

The Navy recently awarded a $135.8 million contract to General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI) for eight MQ-9A Extended Range (ER) Unmanned Aircraft Systems that are scheduled for delivery to the Marine Corps in late 2023.

Dec. 21, 2022

Navy Fast-Tracks Contract for MQ-9 Reaper Advanced Technology

The Navy recently awarded an $8.4 million contract to multiple vendors for the Marine Corps’ MQ-9 Reaper Airborne Network Extension (ANE) Skytower II (STII).

Dec. 21, 2022

End of an Era: Navy Conducts Final AQM-37 Target Launch

The Navy launched the last two remaining AQM-37 targets Sept. 22 in support of the U.S. Army’s Integrated Fires Mission Command operations at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.

Dec. 21, 2022

Domestic H-1 Production Concludes, Manufacturing for International Customers Continues

Following an unprecedented on-time delivery record, the Marines received its final AH-1Z Viper as mapped out by the service’s program of record (POR).

Dec. 21, 2022

CNATRA Flight Surgeon Earns Wings of Gold

A flight surgeon attached to Training Squadron (VT) 35 of Training Air Wing Four recently earned his Wings of Gold, the first Aeromedical Dual Designator (AMDD) to transition from flight surgeon to pilot in 20 years.

Dec. 21, 2022

FRCE Artisans Earn Kudos for Repairing Damaged Vintage Aircraft

A pair of Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) artisans recently got a chance to step back in time while doing a good deed for the community.

Dec. 21, 2022

FRCE’s H-53 Military Branch Keeps the Fleet Ready to Fight

The CH-53 Sea Stallion and MH-53 Sea Dragon helicopters have been mainstays of the Navy and Marine Corps for decades. On any day, these heavy lift helicopters can be seen around the world performing a wide variety of critical missions.

Dec. 21, 2022

WSINT 22B: USAF Weapons School Conducts Largest-Ever Over-Water, Joint Counter Maritime Exercise

The United States Air Force Weapons School conducted its largest-ever over-water joint counter maritime exercise as part of the USAFWS integration (WSINT) phase of its curriculum Nov. 30 – Dec. 1 over the Pacific Ocean.

Dec. 21, 2022

The Aircraft Carrier Hiryu

I may be prejudiced, but this medium-format, very-well illustrated volume is one of the most unusual books I have seen in some time. It is the latest title in Osprey’s “Anatomy of the Ship” series and is worth every penny of its price.

Dec. 21, 2022

F9F Panther vs Communist AAA, Korea 1950-53

No. 121 in the long-running “Duel” series, this latest title by prolific Osprey author Peter Davies addresses an interesting, seldom-described area in the air war during the Korean War, that of one of the U.S. Navy’s two major jet fighters’ record against the often fearsome barrage of Communist major defenses, that of often intense ground anti-aircraft fire.

Dec. 21, 2022

F3D/EF-10 Skyknight Units of the Korean and Vietnam Wars.

Occasionally forgotten in Navy and Marine Corps aviation history, the Douglas F3D Skyknight was a twin-jet carrier-based night fighter with a mixed career that included a brief use in its intended role aboard carriers with the Navy.

Nov. 21, 2022

The TOPGUN Legacy: Making Mavericks

The sun rises over Nevada. A rumble rolls across the desert, but it’s not the sound of a rare rainstorm. It’s two U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornets engaged in a close-range combat training exercise. One is the haze-grey color of fleet squadrons. The other sports desert camo with a red star on its tail, one of the paint schemes used by the Navy Reserve’s adversary aircraft squadrons to mimic those used by America’s adversaries.

Oct. 4, 2022

Collaboration Enhances Successful CH-53K Flight Control System

A full authority digital fly-by-wire Flight Control System (FCS) is one of many impressive capabilities setting the CH-53K King Stallion heavy lift helicopter apart from any other heavy lift aircraft. “Full authority” means the FCS provides all of the aircraft motion—not just supplementing the pilot for stability.

Oct. 4, 2022

Making History on USS Gerald R. Ford as Deployment Nears

USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) is the first-in-class of the Navy’s newest generation of Ford-class aircraft carriers. It’s been nearly 40 years since the Navy has commissioned a new generation of aircraft carriers. With change comes history that has to be made. Ford has done just that.

Oct. 4, 2022

Navy Engineers Make Helicopter Pilots’ Most Dangerous Job Safer

Landing a helicopter in low visibility environments is one of the most difficult tasks in aviation for a rotary-wing pilot; add weather like fog, wind or worse and aircraft recovery can be dangerous.

Oct. 4, 2022

FRCSW Goes to the Movies Supporting ‘TOP GUN: Maverick’

It takes a lot to make a movie. In the case of Tom Cruise’s latest film, “TOP GUN: Maverick,” it took the artisans, engineers and staff of Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW) to not only provide an authentic presentation of the aircraft used in the film, but also support for the filming itself.

Oct. 4, 2022

Collaborate to Innovate: Grassroots Effort Fosters Integrated Test Ops

A grassroots movement—started at Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, Maryland—is fostering integrated test operations across the Navy’s test enterprise.

Oct. 4, 2022

Unmanned Carrier Aviation Demonstration Gives Glimpse of the Air Wing of the Future

The Air Wing of the Future is here. The Unmanned Carrier Aviation Demonstration (UCAD) conducted by the MQ-25 Stingray Integrated Test Team recently evaluated the deck of the aircraft.

Oct. 3, 2022

Increased Aerial Refueling Compatibility Facilitates True Joint Environment

Aerial refueling capabilities can increase the range, lethality and survivability of modern aircraft. Maximum compatibility between tanker and receiver aircraft enable warfighters to get to the fight and return home safely.

Oct. 3, 2022

Integrating the Live and Virtual Environments for Development and Training

“Train like you fight:” This mantra is becoming a reality as advanced technology ushers in training environments that merge live, virtual and constructive (LVC) capabilities to expand the scale and complexity of training conditions. LVC training environments connect live, in-person elements with manned virtual simulators and constructive computer-generated forces. 

Oct. 3, 2022

FRCSW First Depot to Tackle Super Hornet Service Life Modification

When the artisans, engineers and support staff of Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW) inducted their final F/A-18 legacy (A-D model) Hornet fighter to undergo the Center Barrel Replacement (CBR) procedure last March, they probably thought they could take a break.

Oct. 3, 2022

FRCE Moves Into Future With New Helicopter Blade Balancing System

Rotor blades for the CH-53K King Stallion helicopter that arrive for rework at Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) will be balanced on a new system that will save about $18 million by eliminating the need for building a new testing facility.

Oct. 3, 2022

FRCSE Steps Up to Support Rolls-Royce in Meeting Fleet Requirements

More than 40 artisans with Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) were deployed to Naval Air Station (NAS) Kingsville, Texas, during a year-long effort to assist Rolls-Royce in meeting the fleet demand of 145 ready-for-issue (RFI) F405 engines powering the T-45 Goshawk.

Oct. 3, 2022

Fleet Readiness Center Southeast Launches Ground Check Huts

Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) recently received five new environmental protection shelters or ground check huts. The shelters aren’t just new to FRCSE, but they are the first of their kind aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida.

Oct. 3, 2022

FRCSW Sets Sights on Growler Mishap Repair

Less than 35 days after inducting a CMV-22 Osprey aircraft to repair a crack to an inner skin panel, Fleet Readiness Center Southwest’s (FRCSW) unique refurbishing capabilities and resources were tapped by the Navy once again—this time to repair an EA-18G Growler involved in a flight deck mishap.

Oct. 3, 2022

FRCE Marks Maintenance Firsts with V-22 Repairs

Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) is gearing up to return an MV-22 Osprey to the fleet after conducting a wing-off stow ring replacement on the aircraft, the first completion of this procedure by a Naval Aviation depot. In another inaugural depot-level repair, FRCE artisans tackled corrosion on the aircraft’s K-fittings with the wing off, rather than the standard wing-on method; this required a novel approach to the process.

Oct. 3, 2022

FRCE’s F-35 Rapid Response Team Makes Global Impact on Flight Line Readiness

As the number of operational F-35 Lightning II aircraft in the Navy and Marine Corps continues to rise, the number of missions flown increases—and with them, the requirements for maintenance and repair. The requirement for in-service repair and the need to mend battle damage don’t always come at a convenient time, or in a convenient location, and that’s where the F-35 Rapid Response Team (RRT) comes in. This team of highly skilled, cross-trained aircraft maintenance professionals stands ready to answer the call for support anywhere in the world at any time.

Oct. 3, 2022

Aircrew Receive New Training Devices to Improve Capability, Readiness

The Naval Aviation Training Systems and Ranges program office recently delivered the first fully capable Naval Aircrewman Training Systems (NATS) and Marine Common Aircrew Trainers (MCAT) to the fleet.

Oct. 3, 2022

FRCE Declares Capabilities on Next Round of F-35 Components

Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) has expanded its support of next-generation Naval Aviation by declaring capabilities on a new round of F-35 components. These capabilities build upon the 17 F-35 components the depot previously declared capabilities on in 2020.

Oct. 3, 2022

Navy Demonstrates New, Improved Breathing Device for Air Crew Training

The Naval Aviation Training Systems and Ranges program office recently completed installation and demonstrated the new Mask on Breathing Device (MOBD) trainer July 7 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland.

Oct. 3, 2022

F-5 Modernization Program Completes Engineering Phase, Moves to Production and Deployment

The Navy’s Specialized and Proven Aircraft program office F-5N+/F+ Avionics Reconfiguration and Tactical Enhancement/Modernization for Inventory Standardization (ARTEMIS) program successfully reached Milestone C decision June 28, effectively moving into production and deployment.

Oct. 3, 2022

Navy Delivers Final Normobaric Hypoxia Training Device

The Naval Aviation Training Systems and Ranges program office’s Naval Aviation Survival Training Program (NASTP) installed the eighth and final hypoxia trainer at the Aviation Survival Training Center (ASTC) located at Whidbey Island, Washington, in April.

Oct. 3, 2022

BAMS-D Unmanned Aircraft Returns After Long Deployment

The Navy’s Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Demonstrator (BAMS-D) returned June 17 from Fifth Fleet to its home base at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, marking the end of a 13-year deployment that was originally intended to be just six months.

Oct. 3, 2022

Navy Holds UAS Wide-Area Mission Demonstration

The Navy recently completed an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) wide-area mission demonstration to assess capabilities that could benefit the fleet in the future.

Oct. 3, 2022

New Mine Countermeasure Prototype Successfully Tested on MQ-8C Fire Scout

The Navy recently demonstrated a mine countermeasure (MCM) prototype technology aboard the MQ-8C Fire Scout Unmanned Air System (UAS) at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, proving a capability that could allow the warfighter to rapidly detect and respond to threats.

Oct. 3, 2022

First Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Training Facility Opens

The Navy opened a new facility July 27 at Joint Expeditionary Base (JEB) Little Creek-Fort Story in Virginia Beach, Virginia, that’s dedicated to training Sailors who will operate the service’s Family of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (FoSUAS).

Oct. 3, 2022

4th MAW Marine Becomes Marine Corps’ First C-40A Clipper Crew Chief

Staff Sgt. Lauren Song joined the Marine Corps do something more with her life and has surpassed that goal by now serving as the first crew chief for the C-40A Clipper.

Oct. 3, 2022

Marine Wing Support Squadrons Realign Under MACG-28 in Support of Force Design

Marine Air Control Group (MACG) 28 assumed command June 1 of all three Marine Wing Support Squadrons assigned to 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (2nd MAW) to modernize and enhance capabilities in support of the commandant of the Marine Corps’ Force Design 2030.

Oct. 3, 2022

Marine Attack Squadron 214 Transitions to the F-35B

Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 214, Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 13, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), conducted a re-designation ceremony March 25 at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Yuma, Arizona.

Oct. 3, 2022

From Flight Line to Museum Display

The Tactical Airlift Program Office coordinated the donation and delivery of a full-sized C-130 training cockpit to the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum.

Oct. 3, 2022

Marine Corps Declares IOC for CH-53K King Stallion

Deputy Commandant for Aviation Lt. Gen. Mark Wise announced the Marine Corps has achieved initial operational capability in the CH-53K King Stallion on April 22. This plan supports Gen. David H. Berger’s Force Design 2030 by improving capabilities and restructuring Marine Corps aviation for the future fight.

Oct. 3, 2022

First E-6B Inducted Under New Maintenance Contract

The first E-6B Mercury arrived in May at Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Aircraft Maintenance and Fabrication Center in Lake Charles, Louisiana, for Block II modification.

Oct. 3, 2022

Engine Air Starter Reaches Wholesale Material Availability for First Time in Four Years

Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support’s (NAVSUP WSS) H-53 Integrated Weapon Support Team (IWST) achieved a significant milestone by placing 39 “A” condition engine air starters in wholesale for the first time since 2018. As a result, the H-53 community is currently seeing record readiness rates, averaging 68 mission-capable aircraft.

Oct. 3, 2022

First Flight Test of Mission Computer Alternative on T-45 Successful

The Navy’s Air Combat Electronics program office recently completed the first test flight of the T-45 Goshawk trainer aircraft’s Mission Computer Alternative (MCA), which is intended to improve readiness for the legacy system.

Oct. 3, 2022

Breakdown in the Break

A student Naval Aviator launched in a T-45 Goshawk for his initial carrier qualification flight. He was number two in a flight of three. The weather at the carrier required a Case II recovery, so when the flight was cleared into the pattern the leader detached number three and descended with the student in number two on his wing.

Oct. 3, 2022

At the Dawn of Airpower, the U.S. Army, Navy and Marine Corps’ Approach to the Airplane, 1907-1917

Books about the first decade of aircraft development and use by the U.S. military are few and far between, and several have come from the Naval Institute Press, the publication arm of the venerable U.S. Naval Institute, based in Annapolis, Maryland, which the United States Naval Academy also calls home. This latest book on the subject of early military aviation is a lengthy discussion of how the three main American services first discovered aviation then took their time in indoctrinating their first aviation crews and their aircraft into halting use and understanding. It wasn’t easy. Few major technological advances are. It might be said that even today, a century later, we are still learning how to best design and build and finally use the descendants of these flimsy doped canvas-and-wood flying machines. The author has served as an experienced curator of several aviation museums and departments, including the imposing National Museum of the U.S. Marine Corps at Quantico, Virginia, certainly not to be missed by tourists of the Washington, D.C., area and especially Marine Corps veterans of any years’ duration. To an extent, his writing emulates that of an academician, typical of a Ph.D.’s (which he is) doctoral thesis, and it starts out with a lengthy heavy-worded introductory first chapter describing how each service began its particular air department.

Oct. 3, 2022

When the Shooting Stopped, August 1945

So many books and articles and occasional papers have been written about World War II’s different theaters, it might be good to stop and consider if anything at all has been written about when the fighting stopped, when the war was finished and people were allowed to return home from whence they came to fight, or what were they doing when word of the ceasefire finally reached them. Leave it to one of military aviation’s premier authors and historians to step up to take a crack at this unusual bit of reporting.

May 19, 2022

Marines Complete First H-1 Mixed Fleet Link 16 Flight

Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (HX) 21 successfully demonstrated the first two-way connection between an AH-1Z Viper, a UH-1Y Venom and a portable ground station using the new Link 16 software at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, in November 2021.

May 17, 2022

ONR Global, Royal Air Force Partner in First Synthetic-Fueled Drone Flight

Office of Naval Research (ONR) Global and Royal Air Force (RAF) Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO) conducted the first-ever drone flight using synthetic kerosene in February.

May 17, 2022

Navy to Demo New MQ-8 Fire Scout Mine Countermeasure System

The Navy is working to develop a new mine countermeasure (MCM) sensor suite for the MQ-8C Fire Scout that will enable the unmanned helicopter to detect and localize mines and obstacles on land and at sea.

May 17, 2022

Marine Corps Joint Air-to-Ground Missile Achieves Initial Operational Capability

The U.S. Marine Corps declared March 1 Initial Operating Capability (IOC) for the AGM-179A Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) on the AH-1Z Viper.

May 17, 2022

Saberhawks Earn Phoenix Award for Superior Maintenance

The “Saberhawks” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 77 were awarded the Secretary of Defense’s Phoenix Award at Naval Air Facility Atsugi, March 3. Top commands from the Navy, Marine Corps, Army and Air Force compete annually for the award that celebrates maintenance performance excellence.

May 17, 2022

New Marine Corps Expeditionary Matting Passes the Test

Expeditionary Airfield (EAF) Landing Systems teams from the Aircraft Launch and Recovery (ALRE) Program Office are testing solutions that will make Marine expeditionary landings easier and faster.

May 17, 2022

Air-to-Air Missiles Program Office Names Italy as 28th International Partner

The Air-to-Air Missiles Program Office acquired Italy as its 28th Air Intercept Missile (AIM)-9X International Partner Dec. 17.

May 11, 2022

FRCSW Inducts First CMV-22 to Suffer Mishap

Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW) artisans and the Fleet Support Team (FST) recently joined industry partners and the V-22 Joint Program Office to prevent the loss of an CMV-22 Osprey aircraft which had suffered damage during a mishap.

May 11, 2022

FRCE Achieves Safety Milestone in 2021

Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) closed out calendar year 2021 with the lowest number of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recordable mishaps in the depot’s history.

May 11, 2022

Creative Engineering Solution at FRCE Overcomes Shortage of V-22 APU Filters

A supply shortage of clutch servo-valve filters for V-22 Osprey auxiliary power units (APU) threatened to keep a number of aircraft on the ground, until the APU group of the V-22 Fleet Support Team at Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) found a way to clean the disposable filters and reinstall them on the aircraft.

May 11, 2022

FRC WESTPAC Inducts First Marine V-22 for Maintenance with New Contractor

Fleet Readiness Center Western Pacific (FRC WESTPAC) is inducting its first Marine Corps V-22 Osprey with Japanese industrial partner, NIPPI Corporation, for maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services at their facility in Yamato, Japan.

May 10, 2022

NAWCWD Researchers Break Ground in Magnetic Molecules

Dr. Randall McClain and Dr. Ben Harvey, research chemists working for Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD), published groundbreaking research in the field of single molecule magnets.

May 10, 2022

HMH-461 Conducts Redesignation Ceremony

Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 461 held a redesignation ceremony Jan. 24 at Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina.