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Two U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E helicopters have collided off Hawaii

The two CH-53E Super Stallions were conducting night ops off the Hawaiian island of Oahu.

The U.S. Marine Corps have just confirmed that a Search and Rescue operation is underway off Hawaii’s Oahu after two CH-53E Super Stallions helicopters collided mid-air during night training.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, debris field was spotted less than 3 miles off the coast, near the town of Haleiwa,

Both helicopters were from MCAS Kaneohe Bay and each had six people aboard.

No further details on what caused the collision or if any survivors have been found have been released as of yet.

Image credit: U.S. Marine Corps


Interesting video shows an MV-22 Osprey training with U.S. Marine Corps special operations forces

Watch this Osprey conducting rappelling and fast rope-training with USMC special operations forces.

Taken on Jun. 23, 2015 the following footage features U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 263, conducting fast-rope and rappelling training with Marine Special Operations Command (MARSOC) personnel near Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C., to improve MARSOC members infiltration capabilities.

Given to the unique MV-22 ability to fly in all kinds of weather conditions, high and low altitudes, special operations forces infiltration-exfiltration (infil-exfil) is one of the main tasks for USMC Osprey aircrews.

This cool shot shows Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey generating Kopp-Etchell’s effect in the dust

A U.S. Marine Corps Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft is depicted with seemingly solid rotor disks.

The image in this post shows a U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey assigned to Special Purpose MAGTF – CR – CC during a TRAP (tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel) drill at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, on Nov. 16, 2015.

What makes the shot particularly interesting (and vaguely Star Wars-like…) is the halo effect caused by the sand hitting the blades and eroding their metal surface. The effect is more visible around the blades’ tips where the peripheral speed is higher.

Caused by the oxidation of eroded particles, the so-called “Kopp-Etchells effect” (named by war correspondent Michael Yon after Cpl. Benjamin Kopp, and Cpl. Joseph Etchells, two fallen American and British soldiers) makes the tilt-rotor aircraft more visible from distance, hence more vulnerable.

Image credit: U.S. Marine Corps. H/T @DCDude1776 for the heads-up

Cool wide-angle lens picture shows a USMC F/A-18C performing a trap landing during carrier qualifications

This beautiful photo gives you a very different perspective of a typical trap landing.

Taken on Oct. 23, this cool photo features an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the  Sharpshooters of Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron (VMFAT) 101 catching an arresting gear cable as it lands onto USS John C. Stennis’ (CVN 74) flight deck.

Stennis’ crew is currently conducting fleet replacement squadron (FRS) carrier qualifications (CQ), which consists of both day and night operations.

While regular flight operations can involve launching 2-3 aircraft at a time with 1-2 hours between launches, fleet replacement squadron CQ is a 12-hour continuous flight evolution.

In order for FRS pilots to qualify and advance into a fleet squadron the pilot must successfully complete six landings during the day and four landings during the night aboard an aircraft carrier.

Image credit: U.S. Navy

U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornet returning stateside from ISIS air war crashed in the UK

An F/A-18C Hornet crashed in the UK killing the pilot.

On Oct. 21, a U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18C Hornet belonging to VMFA-232 crashed shortly after take off from RAF Lakenheath.

Unfortunately, the pilot died in the incident: according to some reports he didn’t manage to eject but steered the jet away from houses, saving lives.

The aircraft was part of a flight of four Marines Hornets returning stateside after being deployed to the Middle East (Jordan) to support Operation Inherent Resolve against ISIS in Syria and Iraq.


The first 6 out of 18 VMFA-232 F/A-18C arrived at Lakenheath from Souda Bay, on Oct. 17. The Aviationist’s photographer Tony Lovelock was there and took the photographs you can find in this post.

All the aircraft had bomb markings painted below the cockpit: the CAG bird had 72 ones, whereas the 165230/WT-11 sported 55 bombs.

VMFA-232 close up

Image credit: Tony Lovelock