USMC Aviation

Marine Helicopter Squadron 1

By Lieutenant Colonel Ronald J. Brown U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, Retired Marine Helicopter Squadron 1 (HMX-1) is unique in the Marine Corps because it has several distinct missions and at least three different chains-of-command providing guidance and tasking. HMX-1 was the first Marine rotary-wing squadron. It “stood up” at Marine Corps Airfield Quantico in Virginia on 1 December 1947 and […]

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First Marine Helicopter Pilot
5 DECEMBER 2013

Who was the First Marine Helicopter Pilot?

By Lieutenant Colonel Ronald J. Brown U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, Retired Marine Corps Historical Center Photo Collection LtCol Armond H. DeLalio, recipient of the Navy Cross for heroism as a pilot with Marine Scout-Bomber Squadron 241 during the battle of Midway and a Marine Corps helicopter pioneer, was honored in 1965 when an elementary school at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, […]

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U.S. Naval Aviation Designations

By Lieutenant Colonel Ronald J. Brown U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, Retired During the Korean conflict, the Navy Bureau of Aeronautics used designation systems that conveyed a lot of information about its squadrons and aircraft in a concise manner. Squadron Designations: The Bureau recognized three aircraft squadron types: lighter than air (Z); heavier than air (V); and helicopter (H). In addition, […]

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