MCAS Yuma and WTI 2-14 (large post)

MCAS Yuma and WTI 2-14 (large post)

Postby sovietjet on Wed 20 Aug 2014, 5:07 am

In April I spent several days at MCAS Yuma during the biannual WTI course. A lot of aircraft and helicopters showed up for this. On one of the days I got a chance to join a flight of MV-22s. The rest of the participants and some other local traffic was also seen. Hope you like the photos!

Some photos from the MV-22 flight:

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Shooting with the M2 gun:

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And shooting with the gatling gun DWS system mounted under the belly. This is a new system for the MV-22.

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Among the other participants there was F/A-18s from five different Marines squadrons:

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Lots of MV-22s and KC-130s were present:

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The KC-130s launched simultaneously in section with two MV-22s. I was told this is the first time this was done.

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Plenty of Harriers were flying:

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Other WTI participants included Prowlers, UH-1Y, CH-53s and a very rare and interesting Mi-24!

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The newest addition at MCAS Yuma is the F-35, which didn't fly WTI missions but it did fly.

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It wouldn't be Yuma without F-5s :smile:

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Some other local based aircraft:

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And a good variety of interesting transients:

The one and only O-2 in the Navy -

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Hope you liked the long post!
Ivan Voukadinov
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Re: MCAS Yuma and WTI 2-14 (large post)

Postby Arno 01 on Wed 20 Aug 2014, 6:06 am

Wow Ivan, what a superb set of photos. Fantastic shoots. Thank you for sharing :yahoo:
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Re: MCAS Yuma and WTI 2-14 (large post)

Postby Airwolfhound on Wed 20 Aug 2014, 12:10 pm

Totally awesome, a very cool set and one that has spent a good few minutes of an otherwise boring lunchtime :clap: :clap:

Hoping to go on holiday to Arizona next year or the year after, will try and fence check Yuma if we get a chance to :-)
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Re: MCAS Yuma and WTI 2-14 (large post)

Postby Ledhead27 on Wed 20 Aug 2014, 12:40 pm

What a comprehensive set of images, thanks for sharing Ivan! Good catches on the Mi-24, ROKAF Hawk, Prowler and O-2
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Re: MCAS Yuma and WTI 2-14 (large post)

Postby Russ on Wed 20 Aug 2014, 12:53 pm

Brilliant. Thanks for sharing. :clap: :cool:
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Re: MCAS Yuma and WTI 2-14 (large post)

Postby stevebrodie on Wed 20 Aug 2014, 2:39 pm

awesome shots, not much room in the back of the osprey, seems quite tight :grin:
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Re: MCAS Yuma and WTI 2-14 (large post)

Postby corsair F4U on Wed 20 Aug 2014, 3:25 pm

Superb post, Those F-5's still look great :clap:
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Re: MCAS Yuma and WTI 2-14 (large post)

Postby expat1 on Wed 20 Aug 2014, 6:07 pm

Fantastic. Not only the only O-2 in the Navy. But the world's only Single engined O-2?
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Re: MCAS Yuma and WTI 2-14 (large post)

Postby Downes0106 on Wed 20 Aug 2014, 7:35 pm

Great shots of a great selection of aircraft. Have to say that the angle on the gunner isn't too flattering though. :biggrin:
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Re: MCAS Yuma and WTI 2-14 (large post)

Postby powerslave16v on Wed 20 Aug 2014, 8:14 pm

Great shots,I've been to Yuma a few times before and going next month has well.
Really hoping i get to see some F-35's.also looking fwd to see some Harriers.

Ian
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Re: MCAS Yuma and WTI 2-14 (large post)

Postby RichPittman on Wed 20 Aug 2014, 8:27 pm

Interesting set and a place that never gets enough coverage.
Lovely seeing the F5s landing on 21 in the late light.

Shame about the hazy skies in some of them :rock:
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Re: MCAS Yuma and WTI 2-14 (large post)

Postby Bartek on Wed 20 Aug 2014, 8:35 pm

Great stuff mate. This Chinook is from 160th SOAR? Rare sight.
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Re: MCAS Yuma and WTI 2-14 (large post)

Postby foxfour on Thu 21 Aug 2014, 12:59 am

A lot of great shots there but I keep going back to the one of the Rescue UH-1.
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Re: MCAS Yuma and WTI 2-14 (large post)

Postby sovietjet on Mon 25 Aug 2014, 2:02 pm

Thanks everyone for the comments!

expat1 wrote:Fantastic. Not only the only O-2 in the Navy. But the world's only Single engined O-2?


I think so, although I know little about this aircraft type.

Bartek wrote:Great stuff mate. This Chinook is from 160th SOAR? Rare sight.


Yes Bartek, 160th SOAR! They flew several flights during my time at Yuma but I was always out of position to catch it in the air.
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Re: MCAS Yuma and WTI 2-14 (large post)

Postby Paul H on Mon 25 Aug 2014, 2:36 pm

Interesting re the O2, wonder if they have uprated / changed (to TIO 540 maybe, seem to remember many moons ago there was an STC for same ?) the rear unit to compensate for the loss of the "pull me" power part of the aircraft, Paul H.
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Re: MCAS Yuma and WTI 2-14 (large post)

Postby NTG1610 on Sun 31 Aug 2014, 9:47 am

Quite outstanding
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