"VMFA-314 Black Knights"
|Commissioned on October 1, 1943, at Cherry Point, VMFA-314, the Black Knights, began flying the F-4U Corsair and immediately saw combat in the Pacific theatre, where the squadron was credited with fourteen air-to-air victories. The Black Knights again saw combat in Vietnam, with the squadron now flying the McDonnell Douglas F-4B Phantom II. The Black Knights flew more than 25,000 combat hours and dropped more than 100 million pounds of ordinance in support of allied ground forces.|
Original Illustration 10" x 8" - India Ink on Illustration Board
|On December 15, 1982, the Black Knights became the first US Navy/Marine Corps tactical squadron to receive the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet (specifications). VMFA-314, deployed aboard the USS Coral Sea (CV-43), took part in operation El Dorado Canyon, flying a combat mission against Libya. The Black Knights flew the FA-18 Hornet in combat missions during Operation Desert Storm, and later as part of Operation Southern Watch over Iraq. VMFA-314 is currently stationed at MCAS Miramar, San Diego, California.|
|FA-18 Hornet of the VMFA-314 'Black Knights'|