Yuma Airshow 2015: Static Displays, a Jet Truck and more!

The 2015 Yuma Airshow at MCAS Yuma in Arizona had plenty of aerial action but the static displays offered plenty to see as well. Military statics included US Marine Corps combat aircraft: McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II and Lockheed-Martin F-35B Lightning II along with a Northrop F-5N Tiger II adversary fighter. USMC support aircraft included a Lockheed KC-130J Super Hercules tanker transport, the tilt-rotor Bell Boeing MV-22B Osprey transport and various helicopters.

USMC AV-8B Harrier II V/STOL attack aircraft, F-35B Lightning II STOVL fighter and F-5N Tiger II adversary Yuma Airshow 2015
USMC AV-8B Harrier II V/STOL attack aircraft, F-35B Lightning II STOVL fighter and F-5N Tiger II adversary
USMC Lockheed KC-130J Super Hercules tanker/transport Yuma 2015
USMC Lockheed KC-130J Super Hercules tanker/transport
USMC Beechcraft C-12 Huron utility aircraft Yuma Airshow 2015
USMC Beechcraft C-12 Huron utility aircraft
USMC UAV's: Boeing Insitu RQ-21 Blackjack & AAI RQ-7B Shadow Yuma Airshow 2015
USMC UAV’s: Boeing Insitu RQ-21 Blackjack & AAI RQ-7B Shadow
USMC Bell Boeing MV-22B Osprey & one of the last Boeing Vertol CH-46E Sea Knight in USMC service Yuma Airshow 2015
USMC Bell Boeing MV-22B Osprey & one of the last Boeing Vertol CH-46E Sea Knight in USMC service
USMC Bell UH-1Y Venom utility transport, Bell AH-1Z Viper gunship and Bell HH-1N SAR helicopters Yuma Airshow 2015 Arizona
USMC Bell UH-1Y Venom utility transport, Bell AH-1Z Viper gunship and Bell HH-1N SAR helicopters

The Marines were joined on static display by a mighty USAF Boeing B-52H Stratofortress “Global Warrior” and US Army aircraft from the Yuma Army Proving Grounds. A World War Two era Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer patrol bomber (this one was also used by the US Coast Guard from 1945 to 1958, then as a fire bomber from the 1960’s to 2006) and civilian aircraft were also in the static displays.

USAF Boeing B-52H Stratofortress  Yuma Airshow 2015
USAF Boeing B-52H Stratofortress
USAF Boeing B-52H Stratofortress  Global Warrior Yuma Airshow 2015
“Global Warrior”
US Army Cessna 208B Caravan and Bell UH-1 Iroquois helicopter from the Yuma Proving Grounds Yuma Airshow 2015
US Army Cessna 208B Caravan and Bell UH-1 Iroquois helicopter from the Yuma Proving Grounds
Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer Yuma Airshow 2015
Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer
Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer Yuma Airshow 2015
This Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer was converted and used as a fire-bomber from the 1960’s until 2006 (it used to be painted red and white during that time)
Sportcopter II Gyroplane Yuma Airshow 2015
Sportcopter II Gyroplane

In addition to the airshow and the statics there was the Paul Smith FMX demo and the fiery, loud, show stopping Shockwave Jet Truck. That beast is fitted with 3 Pratt & Whitney J-34-48 turbojet engines and hits a top speed of 603.5 kmh / 375 mph!

Paul Smith FMX Demo Yuma Airshow 2015
Paul Smith FMX Demo
Shockwave Jet Truck Yuma airshow 2015
Shockwave Jet Truck with 3 Pratt & Whitney J-34-48 turbojet engines!
Shockwave Jet Truck in action Yuma Airshow 2015
Shockwave Jet Truck in action

They even included a race with the Gene Soucy Airshows Grumman Showcat up against Shockwave. Despite a head start for the Showcat it was a one sided event but none the less, still fun to watch!

Grumman Showcat vs. Shockwave Jet Truck  race Yuma Airshow 2015
Grumman Showcat vs. Shockwave Jet Truck race (no need for guesses as to who won!)
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