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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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These books are available at the Library of the Marine Corps for registered patrons. Check with your local public or academic library for availability of these titles.

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The Second-Luckiest Pilot : Adventures in Military Aviation - Tooker, D. K., 1926-
Call Number: UG626 .T657 2000
ISBN: 1557508216
Publication Date: 2000
Personal narrative of Dan Tooker, Marine aviator, and stories of other Marine and Naval aviators as told to Dan. For stories from Korea see:
Chapter 3 - The Jesse Brown Story
Chapter 5 - A one-Armed Carrier Landing
Chapter 8 - The Indestructible Dean

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Stand Well Clear : More Adventures in Military Aviation - Tooker, D. K., 1926-
Call Number: VE25.T66 A3 2003
ISBN: 9781591148715
Publication Date: 2003
Personal narrative of D. K. Tooker and other Marine Aviators for stories from the Korean War see:
Chapter 4 - A Bad Day at Black Rock
Chapter 5 - The Yak Attack

Whirlybirds: U.S. Marine Helicopters in Korea - Brown, Ronald J.
Call Number: DS919 .B761 2003
Publication Date: 2003
This book can also be viewed online - see the Links box below.


Gen Keith B. McCutcheon: Close-Air Support Helo Pioneer

General McCutcheon helped pioneer Marine close air support in the Philippines. Htook command of Marine Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-1) in June 1950. He led the expansion of the Marine Corps helicopter program for 18 months before reporting for combat duty in Korea in December 1951. 

Read his official Marine Corps bio.


Operation Summit

HMR-161's Operation Summit, September 1950, was the first helilift of Marines under combat conditions. 

    The Marine Corps and the Helicopter

    This vintage Marine Corps video from the Korean War era "The Marine Corps and the Helicopter" showcases the "newcomers" to Marine aviation: the helicopter.


    Marine Observation Squadron 6 (VMO-6)

    In August 1950 the first Marine helicopter squadron to deploy in combat VMO-6 arrived in Korea, and immediately began to prove the values of helicopters in military operations.

    Marlex Exercises

    By the end of the Korean War HMR-161 began pioneering rudimentary vertical envelopment techniques lifting Marines from aircraft carriers to Tokchod-do Island.

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