Our Squadron is for all Marines who are or were part of Marine Air Command and Control. The name honors a small team of Marines who created an all weather bombing system in 1949 at Point Magu, California that evolved to become the Air Support Radar Team (ASRT). The equipment was sent to the Korean War as part of the 1st MAW, 1st MTACS. The radio call sign was Devastate Charlie. We are part of the Marine Corps Aviation Association. Click on the MCAA logo below for more information or to join. If you want to post stories or photos send them to craighullinger@gmail.com Semper Fi

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

B-52 History

1) The B-52's first flight was April 15, 1952 - over 63 years ago.

2) The B-52 was designed to carry nuclear weapons during the Cold War, but it has only carried conventional ordnance in combat.

3) There were huge leaps in aviation happening when the B-52 was being designed, and it went through 6 major redesigns during the 5 year design period. The YB-52 pictured below was the second-to-last major redesign.

4) A B-52A was used to carry the North American X-15. The X-15 achieved the record for fastest manned powered aircraft, with a speed of Mach 6.72.

5) There have been 744 B-52s built, but currently there are only 85 in active service, with 9 in reserve.

6) The B-52 can carry up to 70,000 pounds of ordnance, or the equivalent of 30 fully-loaded Cessna 172s.

7) Production ended in 1962, which means the youngest B-52 is 53 years old.

8) The jet has a unique ejection system; the lower deck crew eject downward.

9) The B-52 is expected to serve until the 2040s. That's over 90 years of service.

10) In 1964, a B-52 configured as a testbed to investigate structural failures flew through severe turbulence, shearing off its vertical stabilizer. The aircraft was able to continue flying, and landed safely.

11) The navigator and radar navigator sit in the lower deck of the aircraft. These are the two seats that eject downward.

12) To comply with the SALT II Treaty requirements, cruise missile-capable aircraft had to be identifiable by spy satellites. To comply, the B-52 "G" models were modified with a curved wing root fairing.

Wings Over The Rockies Museum
13) Early models had cabin temperature problems; the upper-deck would get hot, because it was heated by the sun, while the navigation crew would sit on the cold fuselage floor.

14) In 1961, a B-52G broke up in midair over Goldsboro, NC. Two nuclear bombs on board were dropped in the process, but didn't detonate. After the bombs were recovered, the Air Force found that five of the six stages of the arming sequence had been completed.

15) In 1972, B-52 tail-gunner Albert Moore shot down a MiG-21 over Vietnam. It was the last recorded bomber-gunner to shoot down an enemy aircraft.

Texas Aviation Online
16) After the Soviet Union fell in 1991, 365 B-52s were destroyed under the START treaty. The aircraft were stripped of usable parts, chopped into 5 pieces with a 13,000 pound steel blade, and sold for scrap at 12 cents per pound.

Media Span Online
17) During Operation Desert Storm, B-52s delivered 40% of the weapons dropped from the air.

18) Currently, B-52s cost $70,000 per flight hour to operate. And while they might be ugly, they're still a pretty amazing and adaptable aircraft.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year


Eat Less, 

Travel More, 

Run Spiel Chek, 

Forgive and Forget

Friday, September 11, 2015

WWII Spitfire pilot - Photo Recon Crash

WWII Spitfire pilot - Photo Recon Crash

What a courageous young man. No weapons, no bullet-resistant windshields, no escort and he was flying over Germany to take photos.  Just watch the expression on his face as he watches himself. We owe a BIG thank you to men like him. 18 years old, all alone, behind enemy lines, no guns, no escort... and he gladly did it. 

It was truly the greatest generation...We owe them so much...

Click below for video -----


Saturday, July 25, 2015

Air Show

 This is an Air Show in Cameron, a small rural town
in Missouri.

             The pilots, bike and truck drivers and the
photographers are all nuts !!
             This one is waaaay more than just
an airshow!!! 

Thanks to Colonel Byron Hill for sharing. 

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Marines of MWCS-48 at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin

Click below for more info about MWCS-48

Finding Marine Friends

Locating Marines


Locating Marines

The Separations and Retirement Branch (MMSR-6) assists individuals wishing to locate former or retired Marines. For more information, contact MMSR-6 at (703) 784-9310/1/2 or (800) 336-4649 Option#0 or email:

Or, mail your request to:

Separation & Retirement Branch
Head Retired Services (MMSR-6)
3280 Russell Road
Quantico, VA 22134

Monday, March 9, 2015

John Wilkes and His Magnificent Flying Machine

Dear friends,

This is a big milestone in my life. I just received the airworthiness

certificate for the airplane I have been building since 2003. The 
first picture shows the DAR presenting me with the certificate after 
the inspection. 4516W passed with flying colors. Usually the DAR 
will have to come back to confirm that major defects had been fixed, 
but there were only about seven very minor sqawks that we could 
easily fix on the spot. In that picture the airplane is all opened up 
and partially disassembled for the inspection, so I attached the 
second picture taken before we opened it up. 

Of course it still needs to be painted, but it is now flyable, 
which will soon happen after we close it up again. It has 
been run and taxied with no problems. Now all I have to 
do is convince the FAA to clear me medically to fly it. If 
they do that, I intend to put it in a modified Naval Training 
Command paint scheme (white with candy apple red trim 
instead of the orange) with "MARINES" and stars & bars 
on the fuselage.

BTW, the first 40 hours has to be flown by a single pilot 

with nobody else in the airplane within a 75 mile radius of 
where it was inspected (Paris, TX). I will not be doing that. 
Probably no more than 15 of my 2000 or so hours was in 
a tail dragger and even those were a long time ago. The 
pilot will be the friend who helped me finish it. He has many 
hours in his own identical airplane. After he flies off the first 
40 hours, I will fly it from the back seat (has everything but 
brakes) until I feel comfortable flying it by myself in the 
front seat.

For those interested, it has two GPSs (one w/ a moving map 

and the other w/ a CDI), a Dynon Engine monitor, a Tru Trak 
auto pilot w/ altitude hold, electric elevator trim and flaps (both 
controlled on the stick), manual aileron trim, and a new 
constant speed prop on a new IO -360 engine; plus a complete 
set of steam gauges. No EFIS for me! Too old a dog for that.

Very best regards,

John Wilkes
Marine Colonel, Retired
Vietnam Vet, Attorney, Author, and now Airplane Builder