May 15, 1990 |
The Marine Corps and Navy announced Monday suspension of all flight operations worldwide by CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters because of a possible mechanical defect. The move effectively grounds 342 helicopters--261 used by the Marines and 81 by the Navy. Long considered a work horse for the military, the Vietnam era helicopter is used to transport troops and supplies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 1987 |
The Sea Knight model helicopter, of the type that crashed Thursday night in the rugged hills east of Irvine, has been involved in numerous fatal accidents, including a mid-air collision four years ago above the Marine Corps Helicopter Air Station at Tustin. Although the Navy declined Friday to provide accident data on the large, troop-carrying helicopter, the aircraft, known as a CH-46 Sea Knight, has been involved in at least nine fatal accidents. The worst killed 15 Marines.
January 17, 1991
The enormous concentration of U.S. weapons in the gulf features some of the world's most advanced airplanes and helicopters. Deployed from land bases and U.S. aircraft carriers in the Persian Gulf region, these aircraft offer allied forces decisive first-strike capabilities. Sensitive targets in Iraq Major Iraqi Air Bases: Irbil, Basra, Habbaniyah, An Nasiriyah, Kirkuk, Mosul, Shu-aiba, H-3, H-2. Major Nuclear Power Plants: Basra, Dibis, Baghdad.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 1987
The CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter, a twin-rotor transport manufactured by Boeing Vertol, has been involved in eight major accidents since 1980. Sept. 3, 1987: Four Marines were killed when CH-46E crashed during night maneuvers at Camp Pendleton in northern San Diego County. Feb. 12, 1987: Three Marines were killed when a Marine reservist CH-46E helicopter crashed in the mountains near the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station.
April 1, 2001 |
When the CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter, number 154790, lifted slowly off the deck of the amphibious assault ship Bonhomme Richard on a sunny winter afternoon, Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. James P. Paige Jr. was right where he wanted to be. * Paige had not been scheduled to take part in that training flight in which the helicopter would ferry 12 Marines and one Navy corpsman to the oiler Pecos for a risky, exacting exercise in "fast roping" down to a "hostile" ship and taking control at gunpoint.
December 19, 1987 |
The job description might read something like this: Salary up to $70,000, home provided, car and driver. Lots of travel. Respect and big staff. Outdoorsman preferred with hiking and camping skills, yet need strong leadership in indoor executive situations. Should be able to fly a variety of aircraft, including supersonic jets. Interested parties please write to the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., office of the commandant of the Marine Corps. Sorry, colonels and below need not apply.