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Wray R. Johnson

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780813177045

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813177045.001.0001

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Marine Corps Aviation Comes of Age

Marine Corps Aviation Comes of Age

Nicaragua, 1926–1933

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(p.193) 4 Marine Corps Aviation Comes of Age
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Biplanes at War
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Wray R. Johnson

Wray R. Johnson

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813177045.003.0005

This chapter brings US Marine Corps aviation into the modern age, using the intervention in Nicaragua in 1927 as a backdrop. The chapter provides background to the intervention, followed by a detailed examination of the transformation of Marine Corps aviation, including the introduction of modern aircraft, more fully developed tactics such as dive-bombing, and the innovative use of transportation aviation. Highlights include the rise of Augusto Sandino as insurgent leader, the first unassisted air attack on an enemy position, the maturation of air-ground operations, and the employment of Marine Corps aviation during Nicaraguan elections in 1928 and 1934, as well as disaster relief operations following a devastating earthquake in Managua in 1931.

Keywords:   US Marine Corps, intervention, Nicaragua, innovation, air-ground operations, dive-bombing, disaster relief

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