The United States Marine Corps (USMC) deployment in response to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait (Operation Desert Shield) just over 30 years ago now, has been quoted
as their largest ever contingency operation; in total around 550 USMC aircraft were ultimately deployed, including 322 helicopters. During Operation Desert Storm, the USMC aircraft flew some 17,700 combat sorties of which approaching 6,000 were undertaken
In October 1991, around eight months after the cessation of hostilities, our Malcolm Hopper was fortunate to visit both the vast Marine
Corps Base Camp Pendleton and Marine Corps Air Station Yuma. While there he managed to capture some of the aircraft which had flown during the 1st Gulf War.