An Av-8tor's Dream

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An Av-8tor's Dream

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Happy New Year everyone!

During one of the recent Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) course at MCAS Yuma, I had an opportunity to work with VMA-214 (Black Sheep) and 231 (Ace of Spades), amongst other units. It was a chance to see how the RAF's former Harrier fleet are being used by the US Marines. MAWTS1 were exceptional hosts throughout my stay in Yuma - so a special thanks to them.

The air op was a first for me from the ramp of an KC-130J. With a cruising and intercept altitude of 12k ft an oxygen mask was required - all part of the experience :) We were up for nearly four hours circling the nearby ranges, this allowed time to take in the scenery...

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ImageKC-130J Hercules by Chris Heal, on Flickr
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ImageKC-130J Hercules by Chris Heal, on Flickr

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ImageWorking at 12k ft, View from the ramp of a USMC KC-130J Hercules 165738 (BH) by Chris Heal, on Flickr

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ImageCAG Bird, AV-8B Harrier II, VMA-214, Black Sheep by Chris Heal, on Flickr

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Image"Double Trouble", AV-8B Harrier II, VMA-214, Black Sheep by Chris Heal, on Flickr

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Image"Roomba", AV-8B Harrier II, VMA-214, Black Sheep by Chris Heal, on Flickr

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ImageIn-flight Refuelling, AV-8B Harrier II, VMA-214, Black Sheep by Chris Heal, on Flickr
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Image"Banking Fuel", AV-8B Harrier II, VMA-214, Black Sheep by Chris Heal, on Flickr

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ImageMarines in Action, AV-8B Harrier II, VMA-214, Black Sheep by Chris Heal, on Flickr

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Image"Hooking Up", AV-8B Harrier II, 165001, VMA-214, Black Sheep by Chris Heal, on Flickr

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ImageTwo Black Sheep, AV-8B Harrier II, VMA-214 by Chris Heal, on Flickr

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Image"Breaking Off", AV-8B Harrier II, 165001, VMA-214, Black Sheep by Chris Heal, on Flickr

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Image"Plugged In", AV-8B Harrier II, VMA-214, Black Sheep by Chris Heal, on Flickr

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ImageAV-8B Mono by Chris Heal, on Flickr

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Image"Eyes on You", AV-8B Harrier II by Chris Heal, on Flickr

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Image"A Good Day to Fly", AV-8B Harrier II, 165577, VMA-214, Black Sheep by Chris Heal, on Flickr

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Image"Ready", Ace of Spades, VMA-231 by Chris Heal, on Flickr

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Image"Ground Crew", AV-8B Harrier II, VMA-231, Ace of Spades by Chris Heal, on Flickr

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Image"Weapons Check", AV-8B Harrier II by Chris Heal, on Flickr

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Image"Visual Inspection", AV-8B Harrier II by Chris Heal, on Flickr

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ImageAV-8B Cockpit by Chris Heal, on Flickr

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Image"Stairway to Heaven", AV-8B Harrier II by Chris Heal, on Flickr

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Image"Last Light before Take-off", AV-8B Harrier II by Chris Heal, on Flickr

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ImageDusk Raiders, AV-8B Harrier II by Chris Heal, on Flickr

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Image"On the Move", AV-8B Harrier II by Chris Heal, on Flickr

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ImageDusk Departure, AV-8B Harrier II by Chris Heal, on Flickr

Thanks for looking and all the best for 2020!

Cheers,
Chris
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Stunning set of images, love the Harriers

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An unreal set!
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Truly outstanding, great to see, thanks for sharing :-)
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Absolutely stunning! :clap:

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Stunning!
The AV-8B does look very purposeful in that camo.

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WOW...

Some stunning images in there...!


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Super set and cracking images :clap: :clap:

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Great shots from those USMC AV-8's, must have been an awesome flight! :up:

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Many thanks for your comments! It was an experience that I will cherish for a long time to come!
Great you like them - there are a few more on my Flickr pages if interested.

All the best,
Chris

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Chris

your best yet, superb!!! :clap: :clap:

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Great photos. After last years stunning Spanish show wouldn't it be great if one or two of these came over to display the UK this year?! After the lack lustre US F16 effort at RIAT one can but dream I suppose....

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Amazing!!
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