YouTube screenshot via The Mount Desert Islander

“Gear accountability” is a long-standing maxim in the military, and it was probably on the mind of one Marine attack-helicopter pilot when he made an unorthodox landing on Nov. 18 in a public park on Mount Desert Island, Maine, to pick up his lost cellphone.

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Months after a Syrian Su-22 was shot down by a Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet over Syria, a detailed account of the dogfight — the first U.S. air-to-air kill since 1999 — has come to light, reports The War Zone.

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"Devotion" by Matt Hall, courtesy of Valor Studios

It might seem like an April Fool’s joke: The Navy commissioned its newest destroyer on April 1 and named it after a man who deliberately crash-landed a perfectly good aircraft behind enemy lines. But the man who lent his name to the USS Thomas Hudner had a damn good reason, perhaps the best of reasons.

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Task & Purpose photo illustration by Matt Battaglia

When Marine Lt. Col. William Henry Rankin ejected at 40,000 feet after his F-8 Crusader malfunctioned, things didn’t seem like they could get much worse. Then he fell through a raging thunderstorm.

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