Briggs, Richard Henry, Capt

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Captain
Last Primary MOS
7509-Pilot VMA-AV-8B Qualified
Last MOSGroup
Pilots/Naval Flight Officers
Primary Unit
1974-1974, 7509, VMA-542
Service Years
1969 - 1974
Official/Unofficial USMC Certificates
Cold War Certificate

Captain

 
 

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 Personal Details 

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Home State
Not Specified
Year of Birth
1946
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
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Date of Passing
Jun 05, 1974
 
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Sec: 1, Site: 920-A-2

 Official Badges 


 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal


 Military Association Memberships
In the Line of Duty
  1974, In the Line of Duty


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Members of Congress and military brass were watching as Briggs, 28, brought his AV-8A in for a landing during a military exercise near Camp Lejeune, N.C.  His plane banked, rolled, then crashed.  He didn't survive an ejection into a wooded area, said his widow, Marv Briggs.  Investigators blamed pilot error and noted he was flying on five hours' sleep.  An experienced A-4 Skyhawk pilot, he had just 44 hours of flight time in the Harrier.  His logbook showed he flew 6.2 hours in the month before his death and 10.2 hours the month before that, his widow said.  His wing commander used the incident to write that Harrier pilots needed to fly 17 to 20 hours a month to stay proficient.  Marv Briggs remembered him as a "warm, funny and kind man."  A U.S. Naval Academy graduate, he flew in the first Harrier squadron trained in this country.  "He was very excited about the possibilities of that plane," she said.  "It was a whole new part of aviation."

   
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Harrier Pilots
All shared a devotion to the corps and to the Harrier's special mission of using Marine air power to protect Marines on the ground.  Some came from military families, with fathers and even grandfathers who had flown or fought in America's wars.  Others stunned their parents when they announced plans to enlist and learn to fly.  They typically were high achievers in school and in flight training.  Some chose to fly the Harrier, invigorated by the challenge.  Others were assigned to the plane by the Marines.  They died in fiery explosions and ill-timed ejections.  Some made fatal mistakes.  Some did everything right and perished anyway.
   
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 Unit Assignments
VMA-542
  1974-1974, 7509, VMA-542
 Colleges Attended
United States Naval Academy
  1965-1969, United States Naval Academy
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