Marine Corps Air Station Yuma in Arizona opened its gates for the public on March 17 2018. Frank Visser visited the air show.
The Yuma Air Show is the largest open-to-the-public event Marine Corps Air Station Yuma hosts and provides the community with the opportunity to see thrilling aerial and ground performers for free while interacting with Marines and sailors.
Aerial performances featured the return of the headlining Patriots Jet Team, the US Air Force F-22A Raptor, with demonstrations by military and civilian aircraft. The event grounds will feature performances by Greg Koontz & the Alabama Boys, Bob Carlton Salto Jet Sailplane & SubSonex, Freestyle Motocross legend Jimmy Fitzpatrick, the Circus School of Arizona, and 15 static displays.
Impression of the static display
The flying display
Locally based VMX-1 preformed their AH-1Z, UH-1Y. A SAR demonstration was performed by the HH-1N Yuma SAR unit.
Still active at MCAS Yuma is the AV-8B. A display was flown by VMA-214.
VMX-1 has 5 MV-22Bs in its inventory, all stationed at MCAS Yuma.
The fifth generation fighter F-35B was also present. VMX-1 performed the aircraft at MCAS Yuma.
Four F-5Ns of VMFT-401 displayed the art of formation flying.
The USAF was present with it's fifth generation fighter the F-22A Raptor. The flying display was performed by an F-22A of the 3rd Wing of Elmendorf AFN Alaska. The heritage flight was flown with an F-86F in 355th FIS markings.