Modern USMC Air Power

Aircraft and Units of the 'Flying Leathernecks'

Joe Copalman

To face the challenges of rapidly changing world, the US Marine Corps has invested heavily in transforming itself to meet current and emerging threats. At the forefront of this revolution is a complete reconstitution of the corps' aviation element, which Modern USMC Air Power examines in-depth on a community-by-community basis.
Publication date:
November 2020
Publisher :
Harpia Publishing
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ISBN : 9781950394029

Dimensions : 280 X 210 mm
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• The only book on current USMC aviation units
• The only book on current USMC aircraft types
• Describing USMC's world-wide operations and areas of responsibility
• Following Harpia's structure of recent books on China and Russia
• The author is an expert on USMC

As America's expeditionary force-in-readiness, the US Marine Corps operates an eclectic mix of fixed-wing, rotary-wing, tiltrotor and unmanned aircraft to support the marine rifleman on the ground. The first two decades of the 21st century have seen an almost complete transformation of the marine air wings, as Cold War-era legacy aircraft yield to digital-age replacements. In Harpia's first book dedicated to a North American air arm, Joe Copalman explains the significance of each aircraft transition in the Marine Corps over the previous 20 years - community by community - on the Marine Air-Ground Task Force and its ability to conduct amphibious and expeditionary warfare.

While some of these transitions, like that of the KC-130T to KC-130J and AH-1W to AH-1Z, have been incremental, evolutionary steps up, others like the tandem-rotor CH-46 Sea Knight to the tiltrotor MV-22 Osprey and the introduction of the F-35 Lightning II to replace all three of the Marine Corps' tactical jets have revolutionised the way the service fights. In addition to introducing newer, vastly more capable and connected aircraft into its air wings, the Marine Corps has also invested heavily in keeping its remaining legacy fleets at the cutting edge of lethality and survivability throughout the final days of each type's service.

Utilising a before-and-after approach, Copalman guides the reader through every transition in Modern USMC Air Power, examining what each legacy aircraft brought to the fight, and how the service's newer platforms have improved upon those capabilities, especially when aided by new constructs like precision-guided ordnance and digital interoperability.


...Joe Copalman's solid, 256-page opus superbly surveys the subject's past two decades in 15 lavishly illustrated chapters.

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