End Of An Era: MCAS Cherry Point Hosts Final USMC AV-8B Harrier II Demo | Aviation

Photo Pass of Harrier flown on Sunday show day by Lt. Col. Paul Truog, Commanding Officer of VMA-231. (All photos, credit: Author)

“It’s bittersweet, all the good things have to come to an end; it’s our turn soon, but not yet” a Jump Jet pilot told us at MCAS Cherry Point Airshow.

Over the weekend of May 11 and 12, at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, a huge number of airshow enthusiasts gathered to watch a truly spectacular airshow and to view, for the final time, the Marine AV-8B Harrier II airpower demonstration.

The US Marine Corps are currently undergoing a major transformation from the legacy AV-8B Harrier II “Jump Jet” tactical aircraft to the F-35B Lightning II. During the past few years the Marine Corps have been activating F-35B squadrons and deactivating Harrier squadrons and, at the moment, the Marines are down to two remaining Harrier squadrons: Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 223, “The Bulldogs” and Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 231, “The Ace of Spades”.

The Aviationist.com was fortunate to be able to speak with Captain Alfonso Fucci, Harrier pilot and Director of Safety and Standardization with VMA-231. We asked Capt. Fucci what the current plan of retirement is for his squadron and also for VMA-223. Capt…

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