HMLA-367 Gunfighters 1st AH-1Z "Zulu" 050914

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HMLA-369 at ITX 2-13

In May 2013, HMLA-369 Gunfighters traveled to Marine Corps Ground Based Weapons Center at 29 Palms, California for their first Integrated Training Exercise, although they have attended numerous Mojave Viper and Enhanced Mojave Viper.  Integrated Training Exercise (ITX) is the updated version of the exercise known as Enhanced Mojave Viper (which succeeded Mojave Viper). The genesis of Integrated Training Exercise (ITX) began in 1975 with an exercise called Combined Arms Exercise (CAX). The … [Read more...]

Weapons and Tactics Instructor 2-13

In April and May of 2013, Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron – One (MAWTS-1) hosted its bi-annual Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course (WTI) at Marine Corps Station Yuma. For 6-weeks, seasoned Marine Corps aircrews work at a wartime tempo in the deserts of Yuma, Arizona. During this 6-week course, Marine Corps aircrews refining their skills and gain experience from world-class instructors in the finest air combat tactics course on the planet. UH-1Y (Yankee) Air Ground Refinement … [Read more...]

KC-130J Aerial Refueling (Ramp Opening)

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KC-130J Aerial Refueling AV-8B Harrier

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KC-130J Aerial Refueling MV-22 Osprey

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Atlas 51 030813

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E-2D Hawkeye’s First Visit to Red Flag 12-3

  The E-2D Hawkeye is the latest version of the Navy’s premier Airborne Early Warning (AEW) aircraft that first flew in 1961. The Hawkeye is the latest US Navy AEW aircraft that’s genesis started in World War II. In 1942, the United States Navy started exploring airborne radar relays in a program called “Project Cadillac.” In 1945, modified TBM Avengers were ready to bring AEW to the Pacific theater. Unfortunately, the war ended before these AEW modified Avengers could see action. Between … [Read more...]

Weapons and Tactics Instructor 1-13 – Def Tac, ADGR, and FARPs

Marine Corps Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1) and their Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) course prepares Marine Corps aviators how to “fly and fight” their aircraft and work with other air assets in a total threat environment. In addition, WTI involves all aspects of Marine Corps aviation and air assets of various other branches of service. WTI curriculum includes preparing KC-130 aircrews to survive in air threats in enemy territory, establishing Forward Area Refueling … [Read more...]

HMLAT-303 Atlas Returns to Naval Air Facility – El Centro

In June 2012, Military Aviation Journal joined HMLAT-303 Atlas when they returned to Naval Air Facility – El Centro (NAFEC) located in the desert 110 miles east of San Diego, California. NAFEC is one of world’s finest training facilities due to the proximity of live fire ranges, desert environment that resembles the terrain of Iraq and Afghanistan, and nearly 365 days a year flying weather. Atlas was “Deployed for Training” (DFT) to El Centro to conduct live fire weapons training, low level … [Read more...]