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Marine Corps Aviation History  

A chronicle of highlights in the history of Marine Corps aviation and Marine aviators, from the Archives Branch of the Marine Corps History Division.
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100 Years of Marine Corps Aviation


In 2012 Marine Aviation celebrated 100 years of service. This research guide is designed to guide you through the rich history of the Corps' air service using select archival resources held by the Archives Branch of the Marine Corps History Division, as well as select other military, scholarly, and public resources concerning Marine Corps aviation and aviation Marines, and their place within Marine Corps and aviation history.

Resources at the Library of the Marine Corps and the Archives Branch of the Marine Corps History Division on Marine Corps aviation include, but are not limited to: articles, audio-visual materials, books, correspondence, maps, oral history interviews, photographs, and platoon books.

The resources featured in this guide do not represent a complete list, and the guide will grow with time. Please contact the Archives Branch of the Marine Corps History Division to inquire about additional resources in its holdings, as well as those held by other institutions.



Marine Aviation - Then

The Marine Corps' First Aircraft and Second Marine Aviator: 1stLt Bernard L. Smith.

Marine Aviation - Now

In 2011, Gen James F. Amos became the first aviator appointed Commandant of the Marine Corps.


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