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Charles J. Quilter II

F4-B Phantom Pilot

Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 531

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Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 531

Background Information

Employment History

Contract Pilot



USMC Reserve OV-10 Squadron at El Toro

Command Historian
I Marine Expeditionary Force




East Asian History

University of California , Berkeley

Web References (15 Total References)


Colonel Charles J. Quilter II provided a large majority of the text. He retired from the Marine Corps Reserve in 1994 after 34 years of service. He studied in Japan and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a degree in East Asian History. Commissioned in June 1964, he gained his aviator wings in November 1965.

He then joined Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 531 (VMFA-531) at Cherry Point, North Carolina, as an F4-B Phantom pilot and deployed to Puerto Rico at the end of the Dominican Republic crisis in 1966. He flew 252 combat missions with VMFA-323 from Chu Lai, Vietnam, in 1967-68 serving as a flight commander. He did a second tour with the "Grey Ghosts" of VMFA-531 as its operations officer at El Toro, California, in 1968-70, where he was also designated as one of the Marine Corps' first dissimilar air combat training instructors, flying as an adversary pilot in A-4 aircraft.
His assignments in the Reserve included command of VMFA-134 at El Toro in 1984-86 and Mobilization Training Unit (History) DC-7 in 1989-93 at the Marine Corps Historical Center in Washington, D.C. In 1990, he led a detachment to Southwest Asia during the Persian Gulf Conflict of 1990-91, and served as Command Historian of the I Marine Expeditionary Force in charge of the Corps' historical collection effort.

OV-10Bronco.Net - Thai Broncos [cached]

Charles Quilter, USMCR (Ret.), working as a contract pilot for SKYWAYS, Inc. Charlie was a member of the USMC Reserve OV-10 Squadron at El Toro (VMO-4). He had flown F-4's in RVN while on active duty.

Laguna Greenbelt | About Laguna Greenbelt | Ben Blount Memorial [cached]

The Eulogy of Colonel Benjamin F. Blount III AUS(Ret) delivered by Colonel Charles Quilter, USMC(Ret) at the Veterans Memorial, Heisler Park, Laguna Beach on June 12, 2009.

My name is Charlie Quilter.

Maney Aircraft [cached]

Twenty-four years ago, Ferry Pilot Charles Quilter (then working for Skyways, Inc. out of Sherman Oaks, CA) was helping to deliver a group of OV-10Cs to the Royal Thai Air Force.The ferry flight covered 11,384 miles and required 68 flight hours with scheduled stops at Los Angeles, Seattle, Elmendorf, Adak, Midway, and Wake Islands, Guam, the Philippines, and finally Thailand.Charlie Quilter published a letter for the April 1974 North American Rockwell Columbus Division newspaper which described what happened.

Quilter and company stopped at Midway Island to refuel where they heard a call for help from the Coast Guard detachment manning the LORAN site on Kure Island.There was a tropical storm in the area with surface winds from the west-northwest at 20-40 knots.Two swimmers had been blown out to sea beyond the reef and the surf was too rough to launch a boat so the Kure Coast Guard was requesting assistance.
Quilter volunteered two OV-10s to search the area.
Quilter was able to direct the helo for a "straight in" approach.

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We've posted his editorial, and a link to a rebuttal from commercial airline pilot Charles Quilter II.

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