MCAS Yuma Airshow Starts the 2019 Air Show Season With a Bang
March 8th and 9th, 2019
Marine Corps Air Station Yuma kicked off the west coast air show season March 8th with a two-day air show event. Since 1962, the Yuma Airshow has been a hallmark event for MCAS Yuma and the City of Yuma.
Aviation fans traveled from all over the west coast to see the show which drew over 35,000 spectators. Friday night kicked of the weekend with a special ‘twilight’ show.
The twilight show featured the A-10 Thunderbolt Demo Team, as well as VFMA-122’s F-35B Lightning II, then finished off with a fireworks finale. Saturday’s show had a variety of performers, as well as great static displays.
Kicking off the aerial performances was VMA-214’s AV-8B Harrier II. The Harrier Demo was followed by the ‘Shockwave’ jet truck and the F-35B Lightning demo. Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron Search and Rescue (H&HS SAR) demo was up next. This demo is particularly awesome and unique. This is the only SAR unit using the Huey type aircraft for its mission. The men assigned to this unit are the best at what they do, and their performance supported that.
The highly anticipated A-10 Demo team took to the sky and did not disappoint as usual. The demo is one of the best on the air show circuit and the aviation fans across the country are glad to have it back.
The MAGTF demo was another highly anticipated favorite at MCAS Yuma. The F-5 Aggressors are definitely one of the fan favorites to see come out and play.
The Air Force Heritage Flight was the mid-point for this show. We watched history in the air as the P-51D Mustang and the A-10 Thunderbolt II flew graciously for the air show crowd with several breath-taking passes.
The final of act of the MCAS Yuma Airshow was the Tora Tora Tora Commemorative Air Force Demo, featuring the A6M, D3A, B5N, the P40, and the B-17. That wrapped up an exciting weekend at MCAS Yuma. If you haven’t been out to catch this air show, it’s a must for 2020.