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The Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 314 (VMFA-314) is a United States Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornet squadron that is better known as the Black Knights. They were stationed at El Toro Marine Corps Air Station in Irvine, California.


During the War of 1996, the Black Knights participated in a counterattack against a City Destroyer over the ruins of Los Angeles. Their objective was to test their weapons on different parts of the spacecraft to determine which type of strike would cause the most damage, and relay the information to the next wave of attack planes.[1]

Unfortunately, the squadron was unprepared for the aliens' capabilities in which their weapons failed to penetrate the Destroyer and its attacker ships' energy shields. This resulted in a one-sided dogfight that wiped out the Black Knights with Captain Steven Hiller being the sole survivor. Thereafter, the aliens retaliated by attacking and destroying El Toro.



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  • The VMFA-314 are an actual U.S. Marine Corps squadron that had participated in the Second World War, Korean War, Vietnam War, Operation Desert Shield, the Gulf War, and the Iraq War. The squadron is currently based in Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, near San Diego, California.

VMM-263 insignia as seen in Independence Day.

  • In the barrack scene, the insignia of the Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 263 (VMM-263) is seen mounted on the wall.

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