Marine Corps forced to pull warbirds out of ‘boneyard’ after new fleet delay

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US Marine Corps (USMC) Captain (CAPT) Kevin Reece, Marine Aviator for Vertical Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 212 (VMFA-212), pilots his F/A18 Hornet over the South China Sea on the return trip from Paya Lebar, Singapore to Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Iwakuni, Japan, in support of Commando Sling.

The Marines are looking for a few good planes, and their search has taken them to an Arizona boneyard where the Corps’ old F/A Hornets have been gathering dust and rust for years.

The jets are being reclaimed and refurbished by Boeing after the service branch was caught short on planes because of long delays in the rollout of the much-awaited F-35.