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Marine Corps Air Station. Using K-Loaders, airbags are placed under each wing of a C-141B Starlifter aircraft to provide stability as the aircraft is moved to a new parking area for eventual repair. The aircraft was damaged when it slid off the runway after landing on the airfield

A flatbed truck and K-loaders are used to move a C-141B Starlifter aircraft down the runway to a new parking position. The aircraft was damaged when it slid off the runway after landing on the airfield

Members of the 2955th Combat Logistics Support Squadron position a fifth wheel assembly beam under the main frame of a C-141B Starlifter aircraft. The beam was designed by James P. Joyner, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia (GA), specificaly for the recovery of this aircraft, which was damaged when it slid off the runway after landing on the airfield

Members of the 2955th Combat Logistics Support Squadron disconnect and remove the No. 1 and 2 engines and pylons from a C-141B Starlifter aircraft in preparation for moving the plane to a new parking position for eventual repair. The aircraft was damaged when it slid off the runway after landing on the airfield

A close-up view of the hole in a C-141B Starlifter caused by the right main landing gear when the aircraft slid off the runway after landing on the airfield

Members of the 2955th Combat Logistics Support Squadron position a 40-ton wing jack under the right wing of a C-141B Starlifter aircraft in preparation for moving the plane to a new parking position for eventual repair. The aircraft, which was damaged when it slid off the runway after landing on the airfield

Sergeant (SGT) Mark P. Mitchell, 2955th Combat Logistics Support Squadron, cuts a steel bar to provide lateral support for a C-141B Starlifter aircraft. The aircraft, which was damaged when it slid off the runway after landing on the airfield, is being moved to another parking position for eventual repair

Phillip R. Munoz, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia (GA), assists a member of the 2955th Combat Logistics Support Squadron in placing a weight on a platform atop the right wing of a C-141B Starlifter aircraft. Weights will provide counterbalance as the aircraft, which was damaged when it slid off the runway after landing on the airfield, is moved to another parking position for eventual repair

A flatbed truck and K-loaders are used to move a C-141B Starlifter aircraft down the runway to a new parking position. The aircraft was damaged when it slid off the runway after landing on the airfield

An aerial view of a damaged C-141B Starlifter aircraft resting in the grass at the end of the runway. The aircraft was damaged when it slid off the runway during a landing

STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Bob Weaver, 2955th Combat Logistics Support Squadron, removes an emergency locator transmitter atop the vertical stabilizer on a C-141B Starlifter aircraft. The aircraft was damaged when it slid off the runway after landing on the airfield, is being moved to another parking position for eventual repair

A damaged C-141B Starlifter aircraft rests in the grass at the end of the runway. The aircraft was damaged when it slid off the runway after landing on the airfield

A close-up view of the hole in a C-141B Starlifter caused by the right main landing gear when the aircraft slid off the runway after landing on the airfield

A flatbed truck and K-loaders are used to move a C-141B Starlifter aircraft down the runway to a new parking position. The aircraft was damaged when it slid off the runway after landing on the airfield

Members of the 2955th Combat Logistics Support Squadron transport the disconnected engine of a C-141B Starlifter aircraft in preparation for moving the plane to a new parking position for eventual repair. The aircraft was damaged when it slid off the runway after landing on the airfield

A flatbed truck is positioned under the fifth wheel assembly of a C-141B Starlifter aircraft. The truck will be used in moving the aircraft, which was damaged when it slid off the runway after landing on the airfield, to a new parking area for eventual repair

Using K-loaders, airbags are placed under each wing of a C-141B Starlifter aircraft to provide stability as the aircraft is moved to a new parking area for eventual repair. The aircraft was damaged when it slid off the runway after landing on the airfield

Members of the 2955th Combat Logistics Support Squadron position a 40-ton wing jack under the right wing of a C-141B Starlifter aircraft in preparation for moving the plane to a new parking position for eventual repair. The aircraft was damaged when it slid off the runway after landing on the airfield

A communications breakdown between a K-loader driver and ground personnel results in a dented engine as the K-loader hits the already damaged C-141B Starlifter aircraft which it was moving. The aircraft was damaged when it slid off the runway after landing on the airfield

Members of the 2955th Combat Logistics Support Squadron disconnect and remove the No. 1 and 2 engines and pylons from a C-141B Starlifter aircraft in preparation for moving the plane to a new parking position for eventual repair. The aircraft was damaged when it slid off the runway after landing on the airfield

A right side view of an F-21A Kfir aircraft of Marine Fighter Readiness Training Squadron (VMFT-401) parked on the flight line

A front view of an F-21A Kfir aircraft of Marine Fighter Readiness Training Squadron (VMFT-401) parked on the flight line

GEN Alfred M. Gray Jr., Commandant of the Marine Corps, visits with members of Co. G, 2nd Bn., 5th Marines, at their Central Training Area. Gray is on hand to observe a training exercise during his visit to Marine Corps Air Station, Futenma, Okinawa

GEN Alfred M. Gray Jr., Commandant of the Marine Corps, checks trenches to be used by members of Co. G, 2nd Bn., 5th Marines, as they attack a hill as part of an exercise at the Central Training Area. Gray is observing the exercise during his visit to Marine Corps Air Station, Futenma, Okinawa

GEN Alfred M. Gray Jr., Commandant of the Marine Corps, poses for a photograph with members of Co. G, 2nd Bn., 5th Marines, at the Central Training Area. Gray is on hand to observe an exercise during his visit to Marine Corps Air Station, Futenma, Okinawa

Members of Co. G, 2nd Bn., 5th Marines, discuss tactical maneuvers prior to launching an attack against a hill during an exercise at the Central Training Area. The exercise will be observed by GEN Alfred M. Gray Jr., who is visiting Marine Corps Air Station, Futenma, Okinawa

GEN Alfred M. Gray Jr., Commandant of the Marine Corps, visits with members of Co. G, 2nd Bn., 5th Marines, at the Central Training Area. Gray is on hand to observe an exercise during his visit to Marine Corps Air Station, Futenma, Okinawa

GEN Alfred M. Gray Jr., Commandant of the Marine Corps, checks weapons and ammunition to be used by members of Co. G, 2nd Bn., 5th Marines, during their attack on a hill as part of an exercise at the Central Training Area. Gray is observing the exercise as part of his visit to Marine Corps Air Station, Futenma, Okinawa

GEN Alfred M. Gray Jr., Commandant of the Marine Corps, visits with members of Co. G, 2nd Bn., 5th Marines, at the Central Training Area. Gray is on hand to observe an exercise during his visit to Marine Corps Air Station, Futenma, Okinawa

General (GEN) Alfred M. Gray Jr., commandant of the Marine Corps, delivers a speech to Marines during his visit to Marine Corps Air Station, Futenma, Okinawa

General (GEN) Alfred M. Gray Jr., commandant of the Marine Corps, speaks to the troops

General (GEN) Alfred M. Gray Jr., commandant of the Marine Corps, speaks with Marines during his visit to Marine Corps Air Station, Futenma, Okinawa

General (GEN) Alfred M. Gray Jr., commandant of the Marine Corps, examines an aircraft engine

A Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 165 (HMM-165) CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter is loaded aboard an Air Force C-5A Galaxy aircraft

A Fighter Squadron 2 (VF-2) F-14A Tomcat aircraft bearing a temporary camouflage paint scheme flies alongside two Fighter Squadron 126 (VF-126) F-16N Fighting Falcon adversary training aircraft during a flight near Marine Corps Air Station, Yuma, Arizona

A Fighter Squadron 2 (VF-2) F-14A Tomcat aircraft bearing a temporary camouflage paint scheme flies in formation with two Fighter Squadron 126 (VF-126) F-16N Fighting Falcon adversary training aircraft near Marine Corps Air Station, Yuma, Arizona

An overhead view of, left, an AV-8B Harrier aircraft and an F-21 Kfir aircraft parked on the flight line with the Marine Corps Emblem in the background

Colonel (COL) J.B. Hammond, commanding officer, Marine Corps Air Station, Iwakuni, presents Sergeant (SGT) Houk with his first assignment as air station color sergeant

Traffic moves across Freedom Bridge, a new addition to Marine Corps Air Station, Iwakuni, that separates base housing from the mainside

A pilot from Marine Fighter Readiness Training Squadron 401 (VMFT-401) smiles as he walks toward his F-21A Kfir adversary training aircraft during Exercise GALLANT EAGLE '88. VMFT-401, which is based at Marine Corps Air Station, Yuma, Arizona, is the Marine Corps' only adversary training squdron and has both active duty and reserve pilots as members

A perspective view of the tail sections of six F-21A Kfir adversary training aircraft from Marine Fighter Readiness Training Squadron 401 (VMFT-401) during Exercise GALLANT EAGLE '88. VMFT-401, which is based at Marine Corps Air Station, Yuma, Arizona, is the Marine Corps' only adversary training squdron and has both active duty and reserve pilots as members

A civilian ground crewman stands by as an F-21A Kfir adversary training aircraft from Marine Fighter Readiness Training Squadron 401 (VMFT-401) is refueled during Exercise GALLANT EAGLE '88. VMFT-401, which is based at Marine Corps Air Station, Yuma, Arizona, is the Marine Corps' only adversary training squdron and has both active duty and reserve pilots as members

An F-21A Kfir adversary training aircraft from Marine Fighter Readiness Training Squadron 401 (VMFT-401) lifts off the runway during Exercise Gallant Eagle '88. VMFT-401, which is based at Marine Corps Air Station, Yuma, Ariz., is the Marine Corps only adversary training squadron and has both active duty and reserve pilots as members

US Marine Corps (USMC) Brigadier General (BGEN) Robert B. Johnston, chief of staff, Marine Corps Bases, Japan, stops in front of a corporal during an inspection of the air station's Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron personnel. BGEN Johnston is touri

US Marine Corps (USMC) Brigadier General (BGEN) Robert B. Johnston, chief of staff, Marine Corps Bases, Japan, goes through the serving line at the Southside Dining Facility during his tour of the air station as inspector general

US Marine Corps (USMC) Brigadier General (BGEN) Robert B. Johnston, chief of staff, Marine Corps Bases, Japan, speaks to Marines from the air station's Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron during his tour of the air station as inspector general

An AAVP7 Assault Amphibian Vehicle (left), and an AAVC7 Assault Amphibian Command Vehicle (right), are lined up for the air station's"Friendship Day."

Six CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopters are lined up neatly on the flight line for the air station's"Friendship Day."

A right side view of an A-6E Intruder aircraft from Marine All Weather Attack Squadron 332 (VMA(AW)-332) on the flight line for the air station's"Friendship Day."

A left front view of an A-4M Skyhawk aircraft from Marine Attack Squadron 214 (VMA-214), the"Blacksheep Squadron"of World War II fame, on the flight line for the air station's"Friendship Day."

Colonel (COL) W.A. Forney (left), commanding officer, Marine Air Group 15 (MAG-15), and Sergeant Major (SGM) Watson, the group sergeant major, prepare the group's colors for casing at a major, prepare the group's colors for casing at a ceremony marking th

Standing at attention as the Marines and Sailors of Marine Air Group 15 (MAG-15) pass in review are (from left to right), Major General (MGEN) Ross S. Plasterer, commanding general, 1ST Marine Air Wing; Colonel (COL) W.A. Forney, commanding officer, MAG-1

A close-up view of a Modular Universal Laser Equipment (MULE) ground laser designator. The MULE is a portable device used for targeting laser-seeking tactical weapons. Exact Date Shot Unknown

A close-up view of a Modular Universal Laser Equipment (MULE) ground laser designator. The MULE is a portable device used for targeting laser-seeking tactical weapons. Exact Date Shot Unknown

Major General Norman H. Smith, left, commanding general, 3rd Marine Division, pauses as Alex Trebek, host of the television quiz show "Jeopardy!," shakes hands with a helicopter crewman as he arrives at the air station for a tour of the island

During his visit to the air station, General Alfred M. Gray, commandant of the Marine Corps, awards a Meritorious Service Medal to Lieutenant Colonel Jan P. Fladeboe, the station's staff judge advocate

General Alfred M. Gray, commandant of the Marine Corps, stands on the stage of the Sukura theatre as he addresses a gathering of the air station's Marines during his visit

An airman waits beside an engine starter unit as a fireman stands by during the start up of the No. 1 engine of a 63rd Military Airlift Wing C-141B Starlifter aircraft. Originally, the Starlifter, was badly damaged during a landing mishap in January 1987 and is currently in the final stages of repair before its eventual return to the United States

F-16C Fighting Falcon aircraft of the 302nd Tactical Fighter Squadron (302nd TFS) are parked on the flight line during COPE NORTH 89-2, a quarterly, joint Japanese Air Self Defense Force and US Air Force exercise

Personnel from the 2955th Combat Logistics Support Squadron, the 63rd Field Maintenance Squadron and the 63rd Avionics Maintenance Squadron inspect the engines of a 63rd Military Airlift Wing C-141B Starlifter aircraft prior to start up. The Starlifter, which was badly damaged during a landing mishap in January 1987, is undergoing the final stages of repair before its eventual return to the United States

Marine Corps Air Station. A Marine Fighter-Attack Squadron 323 (VMFA-323) F/A-18 Hornet aircraft taxis on the runway as C-130 Hercules aircraft stand by during Cope North 89-2, a quarterly, joint Japanese Air Self Defense Force and U.S. Air Force exercise

A 302nd Tactical Fighter Squadron (302nd TFS) F-16C Fighting Falcon aircraft is parked on the flight line after arriving on base for COPE NORTH 89-2, a quarterly, joint Japanese Air Self Defense Force and US Air Force exercise

A member of an Air Force maintenance squadron inspects an engine of a 63rd Military Airlift Wing C-141B Starlifter aircraft prior to conducting engine start up tests. The Starlifter, which was badly damaged during a landing mishap in January 1987, is undergoing the final stages of repair before its eventual return to the United States

A firefighter in a proximity suit and a member of an Air Force maintenance squadron stand by prior to engine start up tests of a 63rd Military Airlift Wing C-141B Starlifter aircraft. The Starlifter which was badly damaged during a landing mishap in January 1987, is undergoing the final stages of repair before its eventual return to the United States

Personnel from the 2955th Combat Logistics Support Squadron, the 63rd Field Maintenance Squadron and the 63rd Avionics Maintenance Squadron use an NC-10B mobile electric powerplant, left, and an engine starter unit, right, to ready a 63rd Military Airlift Wing C-141B Starlifter aircraft for testing. The Starlifter, which was badly damaged during a landing mishap in January 1987, is undergoing the final stages of repair before its eventual return to the United States

Smoke clears following the start up of the No. 1 engine of a 63rd Military Airlift Wing C-141B Starlifter aircraft. Originally, the Starlifter, was badly damaged during a landing mishap in January 1987 and is currently in the final stages of repair before its eventual return to the United States

Brigadier General Keith B. Connolly, 5th Air Force Vice Commander, waves to a passerby while speaking with Lieutenant Colonel Mike Marshall, 302nd Tactical Fighter Squadron, 944th Tactical Fighter Group. The men are at Iwakuni to take part in COPE NORTH 89-2, a quarterly, joint Japanese Air Self Defense Force and US Air Force exercise

A TA-18 tow tractor tows a 63rd Military Airlift Wing C-141B Starlifter aircraft to a parking area. The Starlifter, which was badly damaged during a landing mishap in January 1987, is undergoing the final stages of repair before its eventual return to the United States

A sign at the main entrance to the air station

Maintenance personnel of the 944th Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Squadron replace an F-16C Fighting Falcon aircraft's brake assembly during COPE NORTH 89-2, a quarterly, joint Japanese Air Self Defense Force and US Air Force exercise

An airman waits beside an engine starter unit as a fireman stands by during the start up of the No. 1 engine of a 63rd Military Airlift Wing C-141B Starlifter aircraft. Originally, the Starlifter, was badly damaged during a landing mishap in January 1987 and is currently in the final stages of repair before its eventual return to the United States

Maintenance personnel of the 944th Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Squadron replace an F-16C Fighting Falcon aircraft's brake assembly during COPE NORTH 89-2, a quarterly, joint Japanese Air Self Defense Force and US Air Force exercise

An airman radios for assistance as personnel from the 2955th Combat Logistics Support Squadron, the 63rd Field Maintenance Squadron and the 63rd Avionics Maintenance Squadron prepare to start up the engines of a 63rd Military Airlift Wing C-141B Starlifter aircraft. The Starlifter, which was badly damaged during a landing mishap in January 1987, is undergoing the final stages of repair before its eventual return to the United States

A 63rd Military Airlift Wing C-141B Starlifter aircraft sits up on jack stands while undergoing repairs on its main landing gear. The landing gear was lost when the aircraft skidded off the end of the runway at Iwakuni Marine Corps Air Station, Okinawa, Japan, on January 13, 1987. The aircraft, which also sustained extensive damage to its fuselage and right wing, was returned to flyable condition at Iwakuni and then flown to Yokota for further work

Two members of the 2955th Combat Logistics Support Squadron confer while working on the main landing gear of a 63rd Military Airlift Wing C-141B Starlifter aircraft. The landing gear was lost when the aircraft skidded off the end of the runway at Iwakuni Marine Corps Air Station, Okinawa, Japan, on January 13,1987. The aircraft, which also sustained extensive damage to its fuselage and right wing, was returned to flyable condition at Iwakuni and then flown to Yokota for further work

A member of the 2955th Combat Logistics Support Squadron works on the main landing gear of a 63rd Military Airlift Wing C-141B Starlifter aircraft. The landing gear was lost when the aircraft skidded off the end of the runway at Iwakuni Marine Corps Air Station, Okinawa, Japan, on January 13,1987. The aircraft, which also sustained extensive damage to its fuselage and right wing, was returned to flyable condition at Iwakuni and then flown to Yokota for further work

A 63rd Military Airlift Wing C-141B Starlifter aircraft sits up on jack stands while undergoing repairs on its main landing gear. The landing gear was lost when the aircraft skidded off the end of the runway at Iwakuni Marine Corps Air Station, Okinawa, Japan, on January 13, 1987. The aircraft, which also sustained extensive damage to its fuselage and right wing, was returned to flyable condition at Iwakuni and then flown to Yokota for further work

Members of the crew of a Marine Refueler-Transport Squadron 253 (VMGRT-253) KC-130F Hercules aircraft prepares for a training mission. VMGRT-253 is the fleet readiness squadron that trains active and reserve aircrew and maintenance personnel to operate KC-130 aircraft. The squadron is stationed at Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point, N.C

The cockpit crew of a Marine Refueler-Transport Squadron 253 (VMGRT-253) KC-130F Hercules aircraft prepares for a training mission. VMGRT-253 is the fleet readiness squadron that trains active and reserve aircrew and maintenance personnel to operate KC-130 aircraft. The squadron is stationed at Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point, N.C

BGEN Robert B. Johnston, center, chief of staff, Marine Corps Bases, Japan, inspects a Navy chief storekeeper attached to Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron (H&HS), Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS), Iwakuni, during the air station's commanding general's inspection. COL Robert R. Renier, commanding officer, MCAS Iwakuni, is at right

A KC-130F aircraft of Marine Refueler Transport Squadron 252 (VMGR-252) stands on the flight line

A KC-130F aircraft of Marine Refueler Transport Squadron 252 (VMGR-252) stands on the flight line

SGT M.B. McCarthy of Motor Transport Plt., Marine Wing Support Squadron 171 (MWSS-171), 1ST Marine Aircraft Wing (1ST MAW), learns how to use an AN/PRC-77 field radio during a class

BGEN Robert B. Johnston, second from left, CHIEF of STAFF, Marine Corps Bases, Japan, looks at GUNNERY SGT Hood's inspection notes following the drill portion of the air station's Commanding General's inspection. Waiting for the results are, from right, 1LT R.G. Durko, Drill Platoon Commander, SGM Crouch, COL Robert R. Renier, Commanding Officer of the Air Station, and COL Cruse

BGEN Robert B. Johnston, center, CHIEF of STAFF, Marine Corps Bases, Japan, inspects the rifle of a Marine from Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron following the drill portion of the air station's Commanding General's inspection. Accompanying the general are 1LT R.G. Durko, left, Drill Platoon Commander, and COL Robert R. Renier, right, Commanding Officer of the Air Station

BGEN Robert B. Johnston, center, CHIEF of STAFF, Marine Corps Bases, Japan, inspects the rifle of a Marine from Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron following the drill portion of the air station's Commanding General's inspection. Accompanying the general is 1LT R.G. Durko, left foreground, Drill Platoon Commander

SGT I. Walker of Communications Platoon, Marine Wing Support Squadron 171 (MWSS-171), checks the printed circuit cards in a telephone switchboard

PFC D.M. Chiappini of Communications Platoon, Marine Wing Support Squadron 171 (MWSS-171), checks an inventory sheet to ensure that all the gear assigned to his M998 High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) is accounted for prior to an inspection

Six Marines of Communications Platoon, Marine Wing Support Squadron 171 (MWSS-171), lay out radio and telephone equipment for an inspection

SGT I. Walker of Communications Platoon, Marine Wing Support Squadron 171 (MWSS-171), checks the platoon's inventory of TA-938/Q telephones, foreground, and TA-312 field telephones before an inspection

CPL S.A. Murray of Communications Platoon, Marine Wing Support Squadron 171 (MWSS-171), checks the headset on a broken TA-312 field telephone in the platoon's repair shop

PFC D.M. Chiappini, left, PFC B.A. Pepin, center, and PFC C.P. Serrano of Communications Platoon, Marine Wing Support Squadron 171 (MWSS-171), stand at parade rest beside their M998 High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) before an inspection

SGT A.C. Hull and CPL T. A. L. Baker of Communications Platoon, Marine Wing Support Squadron 171 (MWSS-171), work on a field telephone in the platoon's repair shop

Dressed in proximity suits, two Marines of the air station's crash and fire rescue crew fight a simulated aircraft fire during a nighttime training exercise

Dressed in proximity suits, two Marines of the air station's crash and fire rescue crew fight a simulated aircraft fire during a nighttime training exercise

Dressed in proximity suits, two Marines of the air station's crash and fire rescue crew fight a simulated aircraft fire during a nighttime training exercise

Lance CPL. K. Sweeney of Marine Wing Support Squadron 171 (MWSS-171) motor transport checks the oil on an M998 High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV)

CPL J. Booher, Far East Network, Iwakuni, makes a public service announcement for a local show

CPL B. Johnson, Far East Network, Iwakuni, directs the evening news broadcast from the control room

Members of the Far East Network, Iwakuni, take a break between news segments. Pictured, from left, are: SGT G. Klippel, SSGT E. Rodney, and CPL R. Jones