Yuma,El Centro,Luke and Davis Monthan. Update 24/04/2014

Yuma,El Centro,Luke and Davis Monthan. Update 24/04/2014

Postby Fumbles on Sun 20 Apr 2014, 9:24 pm

I'm just freshly back from another Aviation related holiday in the U.S. Southwest. A very good friend of mine was visiting the area so I joined him for a excellent week. Hot! being that on one day the temperature was 36 degrees! :sweat: I'll be updating this thread throughout the week since I have filled 32 gigs worth of cards. For now just some random shots I picked from a visit to Davis Monthan including a flyover of the boneyard, MCAS Yuma, NAF El Centro , Tucson airport and Luke AFB.


I hope you all enjoy these shots as much as I enjoyed being there to take them. I'll update more on a daily bases. I'm thinking this will be a large thread in the end.


First up... pairs landing of F-35s
ImageIMGP6096 by rod.mcdonough, on Flickr

2 A very Interesting visitor.
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7 Almost sunset
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Does anyone know what this is? I know the back end is a F-18 but what is with the strange body?
ImageIMGP6452 by rod.mcdonough, on Flickr

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Postby Skylinerworld on Sun 20 Apr 2014, 9:31 pm

The pair of F-35s photo - that's the 1st time I've seen the F-35 and thought it looks nice!

Brilliant variety and quality, looking forward to seeing more. :) :smile:
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Postby Ledhead27 on Sun 20 Apr 2014, 10:15 pm

Great set, look forward to seeing the remaining posts. I'm going purely on guess work here but the last image looks like a composite design that may have been used for wind tunnel or aerodynamic testing, but your guess is as good as mine.
Either that or an aircraft deaign in the very early stages of development
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Postby Russ on Sun 20 Apr 2014, 10:30 pm

Great set Rod, love the variety. Looks a great trip. :clap: :cool:

No idea on the last shot, but it's definitely an F/A-18's tail, wouldn't have thought it was anything secret given it's not exactly discretely hidden. :ghost: :ninja:
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Postby Binbrook 01 on Sun 20 Apr 2014, 10:43 pm

At a guess its the decent rear end of a Hornet in Spraylat, or AMARG having some fun?

There is a company in the USA that bought all/most of the surviving RoKAF Hawks, if only I could remember who they are.

Think they are doing a similar role to ATAC, DADS Draken Int and so on

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Postby Tommy on Sun 20 Apr 2014, 10:48 pm

Could be a wind tunnel model. Perhaps they were testing the airflow over the tail fins with the addition of CFTs a while back? I know there aren't any on it but they could be detachable? That's my guess...

Great shots anyway. The sunset hovering Harrier is beautiful.
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Postby iaint on Sun 20 Apr 2014, 10:53 pm

Great set of images, really like the opening photo of F-35 pairs.
And what on earth is a Korean Hawk doing there. It looks lovely in that scheme though !

The last one is surely just an F/A-18F Super Hornet wrapped up... Intakes look squared off and leading edge wing roots are quite wide (added to the cockpit shape). I think it's a case of the nose being chopped off just under the start of the cockpit glazing and the material they use to wrap it (plus angle of the photo).
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Postby sovietjet on Mon 21 Apr 2014, 4:40 am

Cool photos! I was at Yuma myself last week. What dates were you at Yuma? And also where is a spot to take the photos like #4,#6 and #7?

iaint wrote:And what on earth is a Korean Hawk doing there. It looks lovely in that scheme though !


It's not really a Korean Hawk. It's a private Hawk owned by Air USA. They also own the two Alpha Jets at Yuma and some other stuff, a flying MiG-29 included :smile:
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Postby Blackbird on Mon 21 Apr 2014, 5:12 am

Looks like a great trip Rod. Love the sunset Harrier shot too :clap:

Looking forward to more - soon (please)!

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Postby RichPittman on Mon 21 Apr 2014, 6:50 am

Great set of shots with variety :biggrin:
Seems these places get over looked alot :question:
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Postby TIGER TIM on Tue 22 Apr 2014, 6:25 pm

The last one with the "F/A-18" could be the McAir YF-17 the prototype of all the F/A-18's. :dunno:

By the look of the LERX and how small the cross section of the forward fuselage it could be the Cobra.
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Postby gallers74 on Tue 22 Apr 2014, 9:04 pm

Great set, look forward to seeing more.
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Postby Rory76 on Tue 22 Apr 2014, 9:52 pm

Some lovely stuff there cracking underside on the F-35!

Last one not a big part of a super-hornet? chunky looking engine intakes and the aerial bits on the tail fins look more like those on the super bug.
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Postby rdchawk on Wed 23 Apr 2014, 6:09 am

Cracking set of photos, I like the bug with the us flag tail. :clap: :clap:
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Postby boff180 on Wed 23 Apr 2014, 8:52 am

Cracking set mate.

Re, the final shot.... looking at the Lerx that is undoubtably a F/A-18F Super Hornet... possibly the first one at AMARG?

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Postby Hammy on Wed 23 Apr 2014, 9:27 am

Fumbles wrote:ImageIMGP5172 by rod.mcdonough, on Flickr


A very interesting catch, this looks to be the Challenger 604 prototype for the Boeing/Field Aviation maritime surveillance aircraft to be based on the Challenger 605.

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Postby iainpeden on Wed 23 Apr 2014, 8:07 pm

Re. the "F-18" - if it was a wind tunnel model why have the double cones at the back?
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Postby Niallxg on Wed 23 Apr 2014, 8:21 pm

Nice selection - will be watching with interest for the updates.

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Postby Fumbles on Thu 24 Apr 2014, 5:05 am

Many thanks for the views and comments everyone. I've been busy over here getting back to that thing called work and life again so I'm still pulling some of these shots from random cards. I'm glad that people are enjoying viewing these shots.

Funny that nobody knows for sure what this F-18 wrapped up thing is... I've asked around to people I know here in North America as well and it is a mystery. My good friend that I was able to travel with on this trip jokingly said that "maybe the Air Force set this up as a joke to confuse the spotters." Well I'm starting to think he may be onto something. :lol:

Many thanks for the info on the RoKAF Hawk... Even though it may be based in the United States, It sure was nice to see it arrive in the dessert sun. Made a nice a change for the usual grey in a blue sky.

Sovietjet... Shots 4 and 6 were shot at El Centro in California and shot 7 was taken at Yuma on South 4th Ave.

So onto the next set for tonight...

13 First up... another shot of the strangely cut and wrapped up F-18 quiet possibly a Superhonet body.
ImageIMGP4700 by rod.mcdonough, on Flickr

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ImageIMGP5652 by rod.mcdonough, on Flickr

15 This Hornet did take the cable at Yuma... Sadly way below the fence line for some good shots.
ImageIMGP5358 by rod.mcdonough, on Flickr

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17 A little RAF participation at El Centro adding a lot of dust
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18 Still dusty at El Centro
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21 Not dust in this shot... They are Vultures flying in the background.
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A nicely painted KC-135 departing Davis Monthan on Monday after the airshow.
ImageIMGP4722 by rod.mcdonough, on Flickr

24 What could be the last time I see four A-10s together sadly.
ImageIMGP4347 by rod.mcdonough, on Flickr

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A last shot of Davis Monthan airshow from the opposite side of the base.
ImageIMGP4268 by rod.mcdonough, on Flickr

Thanks for looking at the next batch... I'll get some more up from the flyover of the boneyard and more later this week.

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Re: Yuma,El Centro,Luke and Davis Monthan. Update 24/04/2014

Postby rdchawk on Thu 24 Apr 2014, 6:15 am

The thing that we don't know is not one of those scorpion things that could be coming to RIAT??
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