March 13th - 14th, 2020
YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA) - Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Yuma supports and conducts over 30,000 aircraft take-offs and landings annually.
Every March, Yuma has a chance to experience the aircraft collection up close and personal.
Lt. Col. Hank Hortenstine says MCAS Yuma happens to be located in a geographic jewel.
"[There are] about 10,000 square miles of aviation training ranges surrounding us to our northeast and west,” said Hortenstine.
All sorts of multi-mission aircraft jet in and out of the marine base.
About 80-95% of marine aviation come through MCAS Yuma to train on an annual basis.
Once a year, the few and the proud give the public an inside look for the Yuma Airshow.
“The airshow is actually the one time per year when we open our gates to all the public to come to see everything we have out here, what we do, see these machines operate,” said, Hortenstine.
Major attractions like aerobatic and flight demonstrations draw in an estimated 20,000 people.
But as F-35’s roar above, Lt. Colonel Hortenstine says the static displays are the real jaw-droppers.
“I’m quite biased, so I would say the Huey without a doubt is the most popular attraction. I grew up cutting my teeth on the Huey UH-1N."
Friday, March 13th is the twilight show from 4 pm till sunset.
Then Saturday, March 14th is the main show.
Gates open 9 am, the aircraft take to the sky beginning at 11 am.
For more details, visit yumaairshow.com.