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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.”

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.