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CH-53K First Contract Covers 12 Helicopters, 19-May-19 : #CH53K The US Navy, as the organization responsible for USMC aircraft acquisitions, signed $1.3B contract for first 12 of eventually 200 CH-53K. Known as Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) Lot 2 and 3, will be delivered in 2022

Marines VMM-268 Ospreys in Trans-Pacific Flight, 06-May-19 : #TransPacific Four MV-22B Ospreys from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron VMM-268 completed a trans-Pacific flight from Okinawa, Japan to MCAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii air-refueling from KC-130J Hercules

Marines to Reactivate Kaman CQ-24A K-MAX, 02-May-19 : #KMAX Kaman awarded contract to return to flight status two K-MAX, known as CQ-24A in US Marine Corps (USMC) service, that were used in Afghanistan between 2011 and 2013 and are currently stored at MCAS Yuma, Arizona

VH-92 on Budget but Slightly Delayed, 13-Apr-19 : #MarineOne The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) published its annual report about the future Marine One. The $5.18 B program cost for 23 VH-92A dropped $234 M and the first one is scheduled to be operational by October 2020, 5 months later than originally planned

Marines UH-1Y Air Support During WTI Training, 07-Apr-19 : #AirSupport US Marine Corps Bell UH-1Y Venom helicopters performing offensive air support (OAS) exercise during the Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) course in California

Next Generation K-MAX Drone, 13-Mar-19 : #drones Kaman developing next generation unmanned aircraft system (UAS) kits that will allow the K-MAX helicopter to fly either manned or unmanned missions

White House Helicopter Christmas Ornament, 22-Feb-19 : #WhiteHouse The White House Historical Association remembering President Eisenhower throughout 2019. As the first president to fly in helicopter, they released a Christmas Ornament of the Sikorsky HUS-1Z / VH-34D flew jointly by the Army and Marines

Helicopter Refuels and Resupplies F-35, 10-Feb-19 : #refueling 1st Marine Aircraft Wing training in Okinawa Japan demonstrated capability of refuel and rearm a F-35B V/STOL jet from a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter

Bell Gets Contract for Lot 16 AH-1Z Production, 22-Jan-19 : #Viper Bell to deliver additional long-lead items for 27 Lot 16 AH-1Z Viper helicopters of the Marine Corps

Night External Lifting Training with Osprey, 21-Jan-19 : #NightLanding Marines with the Landing Support Company of 3rd Marine Logistics Group (3rd MLG) conducted external lift training at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan using VMM-265’ MV-22B Osprey aircraft

Marines Received Last UH-1Y Venom, 15-Jan-19 : #Venom After 11 years, production of Bell UH-1Y Venom for the US Marine Corps came to an end with the delivery of 160th aircraft to HMLA-469 in Camp Pendleton, CA

HMLA-167 Transitioned to AH-1Z Viper, 28-Nov-18 : #Viper Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron HMLA-167 based at MCAS New River received Bell AH-1Z Viper to replace its AH-1W Whiskey Cobra used for more than 30 years

Marine One VH-92 First Time at the White House, 19-Nov-18 : #MarineOne The future Marine One helicopter, the Sikorsky VH-92, landed for the first time on the South Lawn of the White House

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