Triangle, VA –
The National Museum of the Marine Corps presents "Semper Fly," a temporary exhibit celebrating 100 years of Marine Corps aviation. This photographic primer covers USMC aviation history over the past century. Also included is a limited number of artifacts, including the engine nose ring of an F4F Wildcat that saw service on Wake Island during World War II and a selection of artifacts from USMC Blue Angels.
The exhibit helps visitors understand that the primary role of Marine aviation is to support the Marine warfighter on the ground. The photos show how Marine aviation has nurtured innovative technologies, learned to "do more with less," and exhibited unparalleled determination in meeting the challenges of the past 100 years.
"For 100 years, Marine Aviation has demonstrated the adaptability, agility and unique ethos that come with the title 'Marine.' Supporting our ground and logistics brothers and sisters, Marine Aviation has forged a lasting legacy of professionalism, innovation and transformation. The centennial of Marine Aviation provides us a unique opportunity to reflect on this legacy of success as we turn our eyes to the future," according to Gen James F. Amos, 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps.
This temporary exhibition on Marine Corps aviation will be on display on the Museum's second floor through January 24, 2013.
The National Air and Space Museum, in partnership with the NMMC, is also hosting a temporary exhibition in celebration of the centennial. "Fly Marines! The Centennial of Marine Corps Aviation: 1912-2012" presents a broad selection of works from the Marine Corps Art Program collection that document the history of Marine aviation. The exhibition also includes several works and artifacts from the collections of the National Air and Space Museum. This exhibition runs through January 6, 2013.
The NMMC is located at 18900 Jefferson Davis Highway, Triangle, Va. The Museum, which opened November 10, 2006, brings to life the U.S. Marine Corps' rich history and honors the commitment, accomplishments, and sacrifices of all Marines. It is open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day except Christmas. Parking and admission are free.
For more information on the National Museum of the Marine Corps, call 703-784-6107 or visit www.usmcmuseum.com