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Marine Reconnaissance foundation: Historic Preservation Traditions….when a Recon Marine or Corpsman completed the necessary day, night and combat equipment jumps, he is awarded the Navy & Marine Corps Advanced Parachute device, often referred to as “Gold Wings”.It was traditional for that teammate to request to receive his Gold Wings, and those teammates already qualified would pound the pins of the device into the chest of the recipient.This was a time honored tradition in the Reconnaissance community.PC: @tlowe49 @marinereconfoundation @military_freefall_association #reconfoundation#marinereconfoundation

USMC: Gold Wings. If you are selected for one of the few Maritime slots offered to Marine pilots, you will complete intermediate training at NAS Whiting Field, FL.

U.S. Marine Capt. John Garlasco, left, congratulates Sgt. Barrett McKibben for receiving his gold jump wings aboard the USS Anchorage (LPD 23) in the Indian Ocean, June 19, 2015. McKibben is a member of the the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Maritime Raid Force. Marines go through intense training to earn their gold jump wings. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Steve H. Lopez/Released)

Yrou will then receive orders to VT-31 at NAS Corpus Christi, TX for 4-5 months of multi-engine training in the Beechcraft T-44, which is the military version of the popular Beechcraft Super King Air. Maritime training consists of one week of navigation, one week of aircraft systems, one week of self-paced studies (where you work with programmed texts on flight rules), aerodynamics, meteorology, and advanced instrument navigation. There is also one week of proficiency training in checklists and ground emergencies.

The flying in the T-44 begins at the completion of these ground courses. Flight training consists of 10 FAM flights, 5 BI flights, 22 RI flights, with 13 simulator flights, and a cross country with a fellow student. The training consists of approximately 100 flight hours.

When you complete your training you will receive your “Wings of Gold” and be designated a Naval Aviator. You will then receive orders to the Replacement Air Group for the KC-130 Hercules.

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