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

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

Tuesday, February 24, 2015


23 Feb 1945: During the bloody Battle for Iwo Jima, U.S. Marines from the 3rd Platoon, E Company, 2nd Battalion, 28th Regiment take the crest of Mount Suribachi, the island's highest peak and most strategic position, and raise the U.S. flag. Marine photographer Louis Lowery was with them and recorded the event. American Marines fighting for control of Suribachi's slopes cheered the raising of the flag, and several hours later more Marines headed up to the crest with a larger flag. Joe Rosenthal, a photographer with the Associated Press, met them along the way and recorded the raising of the second flag along with a motion-picture cameraman.

Thanks to Jim Homan for sharing.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Hill 327 Danang 197-71 at LZ BA Puglisi

The blast wall protects the office buildings from the helo rotor wash - Hill 327 Danang Vietnam.

More scoop about MASS-3 Vietnam at:     mass-3.blogspot.com/

Monday, February 9, 2015

The Blue Angels’ C-130 Hercules

The Blue Angels’ C-130 Hercules, affectionately known as "Fat Albert", flies over the Silent Drill
 Platoon on Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona on March 4, 2014. The Marine Corps pilots
 who fly the C-130 must be aircraft commander qualified with at least 1,200 flight hours. 
(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Oscar L Olive IV/Released)
A larger, high-res version can be viewed or downloaded here: