2015 saw the final flight for the iconic CH-46 Sea Knight. It’s a medium-lift tandem rotor transport helicopter powered by twin turboshaft aircraft engines. It was replaced by the MV-22 Osprey in 2004. It was used by the U.S. Marine Corps to provide all-weather, day-or-night assault transport of combat troops, supplies and equipment. The Sea Knight could also provide combat support, search and rescue, support for forward refueling and rearming points, CASEVAC and Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel.
Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 364 is a medium-lift tilt rotor squadron consisting of MV-22B Ospreys. The squadron, based at Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, California and known as the “Purple Foxes”, falls under the command of Marine Aircraft Group 39 and the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing. After being home to the Sea Knight for 47 years, the VMM-364 honored the legendary helicopter with one last massive flight.
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