VMFA-314

VMFA-314 Insignia
The squadron's World War II logo.
A battle-damaged VMF-314 F4U Corsair on Ie Shima in 1945.
Four F9Fs from VMF(AW)-314 in formation.
A F-4B Phantom from VMFA-314 returns to Chu Lai in September 1968.
F/A-18A Hornets from VMFA-314 conducting formation flying in 1984.
A F-35C and a F/A-18A of VMFA-314 in flight, in June 2019.

United States Marine Corps F-35C Lightning II squadron.

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Marine Aircraft Group 11

United States Marine Corps aviation unit based at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar that is currently composed of two F-35C squadrons, one F-35B squadron, two F/A-18C squadrons, one fleet replacement squadron, one KC-130J tactical aerial refueling squadron, a maintenance and logistics squadron, and a wing support squadron.

MAG-11 insignia
Personnel of MAG-11 at NAS Atsugi, Japan, September 1960.
MAG-11 aircraft at Sheik Isa Air Base, Bahrain, in 1991.

VMFA-314 "Black Knights"

Marine Corps Air Station Miramar

United States Marine Corps installation that is home to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, which is the aviation element of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force.

An aerial view of MCAS Miramar during 2008
Naval Consolidated Brig, Miramar
NAS Miramar in 1954
F/A-18 Hornet on the flight line at MCAS Miramar
The United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps at MCAS Miramar in 2014

Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 314 (VMFA-314) – F-35C Lightning II

McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet

Twin-engine, supersonic, all-weather, carrier-capable, multirole combat jet, designed as both a fighter and attack aircraft .

A U.S. Navy F/A-18C in flight
YF-16 and YF-17 prototypes being tested by the U.S. Air Force
The Northrop YF-17 Cobra was developed into the carrier-capable F/A-18.
First preproduction F-18A in October 1978
US Navy F/A-18C during Operation Enduring Freedom in 2002
F/A-18C Hornet performing a high-g pull-up. The high angle of attack causes powerful vortices to form at the leading edge extensions.
F/A-18C Hornet in transonic flight producing flow-induced vapor cone
Exhaust nozzles of an RAAF F/A-18
An F/A-18A Hornet from VFA-132 Privateers in flight, circa 1985
Blue Angels' No. 6 F/A-18A
NF101, an F/A-18A Hornet assigned to VFA-195 Dambusters aboard the USS Midway, CV-41 in the 1991 Gulf War.
F/A-18C of VFA-192 taking off from USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) in 2005
Three RAAF F/A-18As in 2013
Canadian CF-188A Hornet off Hawaii. Note the "false cockpit" on the underside of the aircraft for confusing enemy pilots during dogfights.
Finnish Air Force F/A-18 at Rissala Airport
An F/A-18 of the Kuwaiti Air Force
RMAF F/A-18D returning to base after a national day flypast
EF-18 A taking off and banking to the left on 2015
Hugo Wolf F/A-18C full-scale training simulator, X-5099
Swiss Air Force Hornet F/A-18C at RIAT 2019
An F/A-18B Hornet assigned to the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School
A Marine F/A-18D of VMFAT-101 prepares for takeoff
A VFA-11 F/A-18F Super Hornet performing evasive maneuvers during an air power demonstration above USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75)
X-53, NASA's modified F/A-18
F/A-18C of the Swiss Air Force taxis for takeoff
F/A-18 operators are in blue
Royal Malaysian Air Force Boeing F/A-18 Hornet during Cope Taufan 2012
U.S. Navy F/A-18C from VFA-131 launches from French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle off the Virginia Capes.
F/A-18A Hornets in various color schemes
F/A-18B Hornets in various color schemes
An F/A-18A Hornet on display at the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum.
F/A-18A on display at the Air Zoo
3-view drawing of the F/A-18 Hornet
VX-4 F/A-18 with ten AIM-120 AMRAAMs and two AIM-9 Sidewinders
M61 Vulcan on display at Miramar Airshow
An US Marine Corps F/A-18C of VMFA-323, launches off the flight deck of the USS Nimitz.
Marines perform maintenance on an F/A-18D of VMFA-242

The Hornet entered operational service with Marine Corps squadron VMFA-314 at MCAS El Toro on 7 January 1983, and with Navy squadron VFA-25 on 1 July 1984, replacing F-4s and A-7Es, respectively.

USS Coral Sea (CV-43)

The third ship of the United States Navy to be named for the Battle of the Coral Sea.

USS Coral Sea on her maiden cruise in 1948
Coral Sea during her 1955 Mediterranean cruise
An F7U-3 Cutlass was launched from Coral Sea in 1952
Coral Sea in 1960 following her major reconstruction
Coral Sea leaving Pearl Harbor in 1963
Prototype F-111B during carrier trials aboard Coral Sea in July 1968
Flight operations during the Vietnam War
At Hunters Point NS in San Francisco in 1971 with USS Ranger (CV-61) (foreground) and USS Hancock (CV-19) (left)
Coral Sea entering San Francisco Bay in 1971
Coral Sea entering Pearl Harbor in 1981
RF-8G Crusader about to catch the wire aboard Coral Sea during her WESTPAC cruise in 1982
An F-4N Phantom is catapulted from Coral Sea during her final WESTPAC cruise in 1982
Coral Sea passing under the Golden Gate Bridge in March 1983
USS Coral Sea making a high-speed run in 1989
Coral Sea during her final cruise in August 1989, at accompanied by USS Iowa (BB-61), USS Nassau (LHA-4) and USS Belknap (CG-26)
USS Coral Sea comes alongside AFS for UNREP in Med 1983
Coral Sea laid up at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in September 1990 alongside the newly commissioned assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1)
Scrapping of Coral Sea in 1997

The Hornets were assigned to VFA-131, VFA-132, VMFA-314 and VMFA-323 on Coral Sea.

Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II

American family of single-seat, single-engine, all-weather stealth multirole combat aircraft that is intended to perform both air superiority and strike missions.

A U.S. Air Force-owned F-35A
X-35B flying over Edwards Air Force Base
An F-35 wind tunnel testing model in 16 ft transonic wind tunnel at the Arnold Engineering Development Center
The first F-35A prototype, AA-1, being towed to its inauguration ceremony on 7 July 2006.
USAF F-35A at RAF Fairford for RIAT 2018
Two USAF F-35As and two French Dassault Rafales break formation during a flight over France.
(From the top) F-35A of the 33rd FW, F-35B of VMFAT-501 and F-35C of VFA-101 near Eglin AFB, 2014
Electro-optical target system (EOTS) under the nose of an F-35
AN/APG-81 AESA radar antenna
Note the sawtooth design on the landing gear door and access panels
F-35 cockpit simulator
The F-35's helmet-mounted display system
F-35A with all weapon bay doors open
Illustration of the STOVL swivel nozzle, lift fan, and roll-control posts
The first delivered USAF F-35 on its delivery flight to Eglin AFB, July 2011
An F-35B launches off the ski-jump of HMS Queen Elizabeth, 2018
A F/A-18E Super Hornet (left) provides aerial refueling to a USMC F-35B
F-35B ZM148 of No. 617 Squadron landing on HMS Queen Elizabeth, 2019
An RAAF F-35A at the 2019 Australian International Airshow in Avalon, Victoria
The F-35I Adir (accompanied by a 253 Squadron F-16I Sufa) on its debut flight in Israel, December 2016
First Norwegian F-35 Lightning II at Luke Air Force Base
One of the RAAF's first two F-35As in December 2014
On 3 October 2021, the first F-35Bs performed landings and take-offs from JS Izumo
First four RAF F-35Bs on a delivery flight to RAF Marham, June 2018
USN F-35C performs a touch-and-go landing aboard {{USS|Abraham Lincoln|CVN-72|6|undefined
F-35A 3-view drawing
F-35B cutaway with lift fan

The first USMC F-35C squadron, VMFA-314, achieved FOC in July 2021 and was first deployed on board the USS Abraham Lincoln as a part of Carrier Air Wing 9 in January 2022.

McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II

American tandem two-seat, twin-engine, all-weather, long-range supersonic jet interceptor and fighter-bomber originally developed by McDonnell Aircraft for the United States Navy.

The McDonnell F3H-G/H mockup, 1954
Key figures in the F-4 development: David Lewis, Robert Little, and Herman Barkey
An F4H-1F aboard USS Independence (CV-62), April 1960
VF-74 was the first operational U.S. Navy Phantom squadron in 1961
Transcontinental "Operation LANA" in 1961
Cockpit of F-4 Phantom II
435th TFS F-4Ds over Vietnam
USAF F-4 Phantom II destroyed on 18 February 1968, during the enemy attack against Tan Son Nhut, during the Tet Offensive
USAFE F-4G, A-10A and RF-4C, 6 April 1987
A U.S. Navy F-4B from VF-111 dropping bombs over Vietnam, 25 November 1971
The Blue Angels flew the F-4J, 1969–1974
A U.S. Marine F-4B with VMFA-314, flies over South Vietnam in September 1968
Egyptian Air Force F-4E Phantom IIs of the 222nd Tactical Fighter Brigade in formation with a U.S. Air Force 347th Tactical Fighter Wing F-4E Phantom II during exercise Proud Phantom
McDonnell RF-4E Phantom II of the Luftwaffe's AKG52 unit in 1977
Hellenic Air Force RF-4E Phantom II in a special color scheme, lands at RIAT 2008, UK
Iranian F-4E Phantom refueling through a boom during Iran-Iraq war, 1982
An Israeli F-4E on static display in the Olga's Hill neighborhood of Hadera, Israel
JASDF F-4EJ Kais (57-8354 and 87-8407) of 8 Hikōtai in grey air superiority paint scheme, 2002
JASDF RF-4E Kai 57-6913 of 501 Hikōtai in 2017
South Korean F-4E, armed with an AGM-65 Maverick air-to-ground missile, 19 February 1979
Retired Turkish Air Force F-4E Phantom II, serial number 67-0360, housed at the Istanbul Aviation Museum
An F-4J of the U.S. Navy (foreground), alongside an F-4K of the Fleet Air Arm (background) wait to be catapulted from USS Independence (CV-62), March 1975; one of the major differences can be seen by the higher degree of the British aircraft's extendable nose wheel. Both variants were eventually used by the RAF
The Collings Foundation F-4D Phantom II, with Vietnam-era "Ritchie/DeBellevue" markings, taxis at Selfridge ANGB, May 2005
QF-4E AF Serial No. 74-1626 at McGuire AFB in May 2007 with an A-10 in the background
F-4Fs of the German Air Force, 21 January 1998
Iranian F-4Es, 2009
Spanish Air Force RF-4C Phantom II, 15 June 1993
An F-4F on display described as the "World's largest distributor of MiG parts", because of the high number of this type of enemy aircraft shot down
The Spook
3-side view of the F-4E/F
Structural view of partially disassembled German F-4 Phantoms.
A U.S. Marine Corps RF-4B in September 1982
F-4Gs over Bahrain during Operation Desert Shield
An F4E Phantom II aircraft with the Turkish Air Force takes off from Third Air Force Base Konya, Turkey, during Exercise Anatolian Eagle.
A RAAF F-4E Phantom II at RAAF Base Pearce in 1971

The Marine Corps received its first F-4Bs in June 1962, with the "Black Knights" of VMFA-314 at Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, California becoming the first operational squadron.

Douglas F4D Skyray

American carrier-based fighter/interceptor built by the Douglas Aircraft Company.

The XF4D-1 prototype aboard USS Coral Sea (CVA-43), in October 1953.
APQ-50A radar of an F4D-1
F4D-1 of VF(AW)-3 in flight over San Diego.
F4D-1 Skyray
Formation of two VF-102 F4D-1 Skyrays
F4D-1 of VMF-542
USMC F4D-1 BuNo 139177 from the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
US Navy F-6A Skyray 134806 on display at the NMNA at NAS Pensacola, Florida in 1975. This aircraft is fully restored and now displayed inside the museum building that was completed in 1975.
Douglas F4D Skyray drawings

VMF-314

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72)

Fifth in the United States Navy.

Abraham Lincoln returning to port carrying the Mission Accomplished banner, 2 May 2003
A mock-up of the fictional F/A-37 Talon aboard Abraham Lincoln during production of the film Stealth in 2004
A camera crew sets up for scenes from the movie Stealth to be filmed on the flight deck with the crew
An air traffic controller works approach control in Carrier Air Traffic Control Center aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln.
Helicopters depart from Abraham Lincoln en route to Aceh, Sumatra, supporting humanitarian airlifts to tsunami-stricken coastal regions in early 2005.
A catapult officer inspects the catapult track prior to flight operations on Abraham Lincoln with fellow shipmates in the background
Capt. Bauernschmidt in 2019
USS Abraham Lincoln carrier battle group during the RIMPAC exercises on 20 June 2000.
Abraham Lincoln sailing in the Western Pacific Ocean in 2004.
Abraham Lincoln sailing in the Gulf of Alaska as part of a joint training exercise, specifically during the "Northern Edge" Joint Training Exercise.
Abraham Lincoln in San Diego Bay, 2011.

On 4 January, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 314 (VMFA-314) became the first Marine Corps F-35C squadron to be deployed on an aircraft carrier.

Chu Lai Air Base

Military airport in Chu Lai, Vietnam, operated by the United States Marine Corps between 1965 and 1970.

A wave of amphibious landing craft heads for Chu Lai beachhead on 24 June 1965.
A VMA-121 A-4E making an arrested landing at Chu Lai, March 1967
Two VMA-211 A4-Es refuel at Chu Lai, 12 July 1967

The last Marine sorties were flown from Chu Lai by aircraft from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 314 (VMFA-314) on 11 September 1970.

Marine Aviation Training Support Group 22

United States Marine Corps aviation training group that was originally established during World War II as Marine Aircraft Group 22 (MAG-22).

MATSG-22 insignia
Pilots of VMSB-241 on Midway.
Captain Richard E. Fleming, Medal of Honor recipient.
Map of MAG-22 Operations in the Marshall Island Campaign.
VMF-113 pilots pose for a photo on Engebi Island, 1944.
Pilots of VMF(N)-533 pose in front of one of their Grumman F6F-5N Hellcat aircraft on Okinawa, Japan, in 1945.

On May 25, 1945, MAG-22 (now reinforced with VMF-314 and VMTB-131) was added to the Tactical Air Force, Tenth Army (TAF), as part of 2nd MAW.