Think of the U.S. Marines and you’ll naturally think of the peerless ground force that has always bravely answered America’s call to arms. But the Marines also have an air arm with a tradition every bit as proud and legendary as the ground infantry they support. Now, military historian Robert F. Dorr presents the first fully illustrated, oral history of the Marine Air Wing, and gives the “Flying Leathernecks” the recognition they deserve.
When America entered World War I in 1917, the Marine Air Wing had only thirty-five aviators. During World War II, it expanded to sixty-one squadrons—twenty with at least one flying ace—and over 10,000 pilots.
Marine Air is a long-overdue, illustrated history, filled with the Flying Leathernecks’ own words and packed with photographs, of the “the few, the proud” of the skies, and of their unwavering commitment to protecting their comrades on the ground, and to defending the country they have never let down—no matter what the odds.