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What happens if Marine One's rotor blades fail?

No helicopter can fly if the blades fail. The overwhelming majority of the lift produced, required to counter gravity, is from the blades. There is some lift from lots of other parts of the ...
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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?

Well this ain't your father's Cobra. Literally. The current incarnation of the Huey cobra for the Marine Corps, which is called the AH-1Z Viper, sometimes referred to as the King Cobra continues to ...
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What happens if Marine One's rotor blades fail?

I served as a Helicopter Crew Chief on a Sikorsky H-34 helicopter in Vietnam and I agree that blade failures are incredibly rare on properly maintained aircraft. On most helicopters the main ...
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What happens if Marine One's rotor blades fail?

To answer the other questions... Why is the exhaust on the Blackhawk so much larger than the Sea King? One reason is - the Blackhawk has larger engines, 1500hp as opposed to 1200hp. The primary ...
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Do U.S. aircraft carriers still include a Marine Corps squadron?

According to Wikipedia's page on Carrier Air Wings, there are nine active carrier air wings currently active (for eleven aircraft carriers). Of those nine, CVW-9 includes Marine Corps squadron VMFA-...
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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?

The Marine Corps could not use the same variant of Apache that the US Army uses, it would have to be adapted into a Marine version and the numbers would simply not be there to make it an economical ...
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Why does the US Marine Corps fly the Harrier, a VTOL or operationally STOVL aircraft?

Because when selecting aircraft the requirements were for close air-support and to be able to operate from amphibious assault ships like the USS Tarawa and the USS Nassua. These ships have very small ...
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How many Harriers crashed at or near MCAS Cherry Point?

According to List of Harrier Jump Jet family losses on Wikipedia, which appears to be derived from the Aviation Safety Network and is presumably accurate, 25.
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