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Marines' Very Last CH-46 Pilot Completes Training (Video)

Sgt. Justin M. Martinez
Maj. Gen. Andrew W. O’Donnell Jr. congratulates 1st Lt. Zerbin Singleton

The Marine Corps newest...but very last...CH-46 Sea Knight pilot completed his training yesterday at Camp Pendleton. The U.S. military has used the CH-46 for almost a half-century, and is phasing out the aircraft in favor of the MV-22B Osprey.

1st. Lt. Zerbin Singleton, who now holds the distinction as the Marines' last CH-46 pilot, told DVIDS News:

“It’s just an amazing feeling... I was in the right place at the right time and I was ready for the moment. But really I’m standing on the shoulders of so many before me. I know there are a lot of men and women who gave their life to make this the platform they did today.”
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Singleton is with Marine Medium Helicopter Training Squadron 164, which falls under the command of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing.

San Diego television station Fox 5 put together this video report on the final check flight of the CH-46. Click here to watch.