Unit has 30,000 accident-free flight hours

Published: Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 08:19 AM.

“I think the complexity of the aircraft, how difficult it is to pilot compared to most other aircraft and how difficult it is to maintain because it is an older airframe speaks volumes about the professionalism, competence and hard work that these Marines and pilots put into these aircraft,” Bradley said. “Every day almost every one of my Marines is covered from head to toe in dirt or grease, but they always have a smile on their face. I’ve seen them do amazing things hanging upside down on an aircraft replacing an engine. I couldn’t be more proud of them.”

Individual awards were also given to pilots and mechanics.

“I think that a milestone like this, 30,000 flight hours, speaks to the quality and the training of both the maintainers and the air crew, the safety practices that are involved, the tremendous advances that have been made in this aircraft over the years and the professionalism of all the Marines that are involved in this program,” said John Gumbel, Boeing representative to the 2nd MAW. 

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