Vertical/Short Take Off Vertical Landing (V/STOL) combat jet aircraft began to enter service to operate from normal bases, damaged airfields, rugged forward field deployments close to combat zones and from air-capable ships such as aircraft carriers and helicopter carriers. The United Kingdom, France, West Germany, the Soviet Union and the United States dabbled with V/STOL aircraft designs but ultimately only the… Read More A Brief History of V/STOL Combat Aircraft – Part II: Enter the Harrier and the Soviet Forger
VMFT-401 “SNIPERS” Marine Fighter Training Squadron 401 (VMFT-401) “Snipers” is a United States Marine Corps adversary squadron (aggressors) based at MCAS Yuma in Arizona (the premiere aviation training base of the USMC). An adversary squadron is tasked with providing realistic training for USMC fighter pilots by acting as an enemy aircraft (an aggressor). They implement tactics and flying techniques of… Read More US Marine Corps Adversaries
Prior to the 2015 Yuma Airshow at MCAS Yuma in Arizona a couple of US Marine Corps McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet multi-role fighters from Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron VMFAT-101 “Sharpshooters“ (based at MCAS Miramar) fired up their engines, rolled out onto the tarmac and with a loud roar took off into the skies on another valuable training mission.… Read More USMC VMFAT-101 “Sharpshooters”
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… Read More Yuma Airshow 2015: Static Displays, a Jet Truck and more!
The 2015 Yuma Airshow at MCAS Yuma in Arizona showcased US Marine Corps air power from fast jets to their rotary wing and revolutionary tilt-rotor assets. A highlight of the show was the Bell Boeing MV-22B Osprey tilt-rotor V/STOL transport. An MV-22B Osprey from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 166 (VMM-166) from MCAS Miramar in California performed an extensive flight display… Read More Yuma Airshow 2015: US Marine Corps Helicopters & Tilt-Rotors
The 2015 Yuma Airshow was held in sunshine at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Yuma in Arizona on February 28th, 2015. This is the premiere aviation training base of the United States Marine Corps and the airshow is a showcase of many of the USMC aircraft operated there, including the new Lockheed-Martin F-35B Lightning II Short Take Off Vertical… Read More 2015 Yuma Airshow: US Marine Corps Air Power
The Joe Davies Heritage Airpark has an excellent collection of USAF, US Navy, USMC and Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) aircraft. They are all on open air display on the edge of the high desert in Palmdale, California at the historic USAF Palmdale Plant 42. Allow a couple of hours to look around and entry is… Read More Joe Davies Heritage Airpark: Military Aircraft