|Marine Corps Fighter Attack Squadrons Will Remain An All F-4 Phantom Force Until Replacement|
AUGUST 2--The Commandant of the Marine Corps announced that the twelve Marine Corps fighter/attack squadrons would remain an all F-4 Phantom force until their replacement by F-18 aircraft beginning in the early 1980s.
The Marine Corps was originally scheduled to be equipped with four squadrons of the F-14 Tomcats. The four squadrons of Tomcats originally planned for the Marines would be used to transition four Navy fighter squadrons from Phantoms to F-14, thus retaining the authorized eighteen-squadron Navy force for overall air defense.
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