MCAS Yuma and Travis AFB shows, plus a bit of El Centro practice (pic heavy!)

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MCAS Yuma and Travis AFB shows, plus a bit of El Centro practice (pic heavy!)

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A family holiday was planned in California, and luck allowed it to begin and end with airshows. Yuma and El Centro were near each other and had airshows on the same Saturday, a coin toss meant we chose Yuma but still checked out El Centro on Friday afternoon for the Blue Angels practice display, as it was a team we’d never watched before.

MCAS Yuma airshow and Travis AFB Wings over Solano were both good shows in their own way, we had no trouble getting on or off base other than a delay getting in to Yuma due to the requirement for foreign nationals to go to a hangar to be quizzed, photographed and finger printed which meant no chance of getting around the statics early.

Yuma
Pros – Free show and parking, north facing, all military flying, interesting and varied static display. USMC F-5N flypasts!
Cons – Desert heat haze and harsh light make photography tricky, tactical demo felt a bit flat without the planned MV-22B and CH-53E but understandable given recent events, static was cluttered.

Travis
Pros – Free show and parking, excellent static selection fairly well laid out especially heavies, most if not all the remaining KC-10 fleet were present on static, flying, or parked on the ramps which was great for the farewell event, plus multiples of other based aircraft and a couple of anonymous KC-46’s both static and flying. The Parade of Heavies was nice to see but high, wings level and widely separated as expected.
Cons – South facing so difficult to watch the flying never mind photograph it.

Neither show offered an option for viewing departures, I’d have happily paid good money to watch from a north facing spot on base on Monday. Here’s a few snaps taken with a bridge camera to give a flavour of the shows if interested.

Image06 El C by Aquila427, on Flickr

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Image20 Yuma by Aquila427, on Flickr

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Thanks for persevering!

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Re: MCAS Yuma and Travis AFB shows, plus a bit of El Centro practice (pic heavy!)

Post by sylvancatharsis »

Nice overview. Particularly liking the Raptor flare shots from Travis; proves that shooting into the sun isn't always a bad thing! And those F-5s... \m/

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A Bridge camera you say, I am seriously impressed. Lovely shots

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Some spectacular images there - thanks for the info

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Some stunners in this lot, loving the F5s :-) Thanks for posting :-)
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Re: MCAS Yuma and Travis AFB shows, plus a bit of El Centro practice (pic heavy!)

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Really liking the variety here. 'Proper' US. Airshows are hard to come by after you've stripped away the entourage of Season-long performers. Yuma is great end to end. F-5 formation is :crazy_face:

Given the orientation at Travis, these shots are really good & you seem to have that Bridge camera tamed! Shame the Hawkeye seemed to stay high, would've loved to see a topside of that! :sunglasses:

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Re: MCAS Yuma and Travis AFB shows, plus a bit of El Centro practice (pic heavy!)

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You had a good trip there... We opted for El Centro in the end, and our trip included Travis show and finished Luke show. We were surprised at El Centro when the F-22 and P-38 did a heritage flight session for us. And then the F-22 did it's demo, though obviously without flares. We thought that was a bonus.

And yeah, we had the Foreign National kerfuffle at Yuma show last year. Really no need for it. We've all be processed getting into the USA at the airport, so what gives? USMC really seem to despise us. Imagine doing this to US citizens at Cosford! I would suggest RIAT too, but that's technically leased to the US.

No such foreign national stuff at El Centro - in fact, we were made to feel really welcome by everyone there. Thanks to NAFEC.

Travis, we just had to show our passport to a Federal Agent just inside the entrance gate. No problems.

Luke show - there was a Foreign Nation queue, but we were told that Canada and UK was just a 'flash the passport and go' situation. There were lots of other nationalities being escorted to a different 'questioning booth.' Hey-ho.

Anyway, a great haul of pictures. I'm looking forward to processing some of mine, especially the Raptor flares into the sun at Travis. An arty moment!
Now officially qualifies as a 'regular' at Famous Dave's - El Centro

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Re: MCAS Yuma and Travis AFB shows, plus a bit of El Centro practice (pic heavy!)

Post by Wes_Howes »

spellow3010 wrote:
Tue 02 Apr 2024, 2:19 pm
And yeah, we had the Foreign National kerfuffle at Yuma show last year.
It was the same at Iwakuni, must be a USMC thing.

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