(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Becky Cleveland)

The Marine Corps is offering up to $280,000 to certain pilots as it faces shortages in certain billets, Corps officials have announced.

"The aviation populations targeted are Captains (O-3s) and Majors (O-4s) within the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, F/A-18 Hornet, AV-8 Harrier, MV-22 Osprey, C-130 Hercules, UH-1 Huey, AH-1 Cobra, and CH-53 Stallion communities," Lt. Gen. Michael Rocco, deputy commandant for Manpower & Reserve Affairs, said in a statement.

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A U.S. Marine Corps AH-1Z Viper helicopter assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 367, preapres to land during a live fire exercise at Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA), Hawaii, Feb. 21, 2019. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jesus Sepulveda Torres)

Two Marine pilots were killed when their AH-1Z Viper helicopter crashed on Saturday night in Arizona, Corps officials have announced.

The pilots were flying a training mission as part of the Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course when their helicopter went down about 8:45 p.m., according to a post on Marine Corps Air Station Yuma's Facebook page.

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Five Marines aboard a KC-130J Hercules who have been missing since a Dec. 6 crash have been declared dead, ending search and rescue operations, Corps officials have announced.

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The Marine Corps has identified the pilot of an F/A-18D Hornet who died after his fighter crashed along with a KC-130J Hercules off Japan as Capt. Jahmar F. Resilard, officials said on Friday.

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The tale of Marine aviators who flew a phallic pattern over California has what can best be described in massage parlor terminology as a “happy ending": the two aviators will keep their wings and remain “valued members” of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing after being disciplined administratively, a Marine Corps spokesman told Task & Purpose.

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The trouble continues for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the aircraft with more bugs than Klendathu.

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