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Why does the US Marine Corps fly the Harrier, a VTOL or operationally STOVL aircraft?

The UK flies the Harrier because they have STOBAR carriers, but why does the United States Marine Corps fly the Harrier?
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How many Harriers crashed at or near MCAS Cherry Point?

When I was stationed at MCAS Cherry Point in the last 1970's we had a Harrier flip over and crash while practicing at the hover pad. It took off in the direction of our large hangar and thankfully ...
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Do U.S. aircraft carriers still include a Marine Corps squadron?

When I was in the 3rd Marine Air Wing back in the early 70s, there was one Marine Corps squadron on each navy aircraft carrier, but on some shows I've seen recently (mostly on the Smithsonian Channel) ...
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Why does the US Marines continue to fly the AH-1 Cobra, retired by the US Army in the late 90s?

My father flew Bell AH-1 Cobra for the United States Army in the late 1970s and a young man in my daughter's USN winging class (July 2017) was being assigned to Camp Pendleton to fly Cobra's for the ...