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Aircraft shortage forces Recon Marines to jump from civilian planes| MarineCorpsTimes

Aircraft shortage forces Recon Marines to jump from civilian planes| MarineCorpsTimes

Recon Marines are training for some of the Corps’ most challenging tactical jumps by leaping from a civilian skydiving plane.

Unable to use the Corps’ KC-130J Super Hercules transport and tanker planes for training because those aircraft are tapped out with forward-deployed operations, the Marines from 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, have entered into a contract with a civilian company to ensure they get the jump time before deploying.

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