Capt. Alexis Louise McCabePilot : F/A-18 Hornet. Second female Hornet pilot in the Marine Corps and the first in a single-seat squadron (VMFA-312, MCAS Beaufort, SC)
F/A-18 Hornet hits 5 million flight hours
By Michael Kerr, Tue, Dec 17, 2002, Beaufort Gazette staff writer
Capt. Alexis McCabe was in the middle of a dogfight Thursday afternoon when her aircraft reached a milestone.
McCabe was one of three Beaufort Marines in the air last Thursday when the Hornet reached 5 million flight hours
The F/A-18 Hornet, which has been flown by the Marine Corps since 1983, has logged more than 5 million hours of flight time.
"It's great to be a part of this accomplishment," McCabe said. "I feel honored to be a part of this milestone, but even more honored to be flying in defense of my country." ...more
McCabe was one of three Beaufort Marines in the air on Thursday Dec 12, 2002, when the F/A-18 Hornet reached 5 million flight hours
McCabe is a 1994 graduate of the University of Northern Colorado where she received a B.A in Sociology and became carrier qualified Dec. 8, 2000 in the Boeing T-45C Goshawk on board USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69).
Marine Fighter Attack Squadron-312
Marine Fighter Squadron 312 (VMF-312) was commissioned on 1 June 1943 at Page Field, Parris Island, South Carolina. Commanded by Major Richard M. Day, the squadron began flight operations with 10 North American SNJ-4 Texans and one F4U-1D Corsair.
Transitioning within one year to 11 F4U-1D's and one SNJ-4, the squadron began combat training due to the urgency of the war effort. Departing Parris Island on 2 January 1944, the squadron prepared to begin combat operations in the Pacific theater.
VMF-312's first taste of blood occurred on 12 April 1945, when four squadron aircraft intercepted 20 Japanese Zero's and achieved eight kills without loss. VMF-312 continued to operate from Kadena Air Base until the cessation of hostilities. By war's end the squadron had accounted for 60 and one half air combat kills in the Pacific Theater. ...more
F/A-18 Hornets from VFMA 312