Marine Corps MCAS Yuma Air Show
MCAS Yuma is currently the busiest air station in the Marine Corps, offering excellent year-round flying conditions and thousand of acres of open terrain for air-to-ground weapons ranges and associated restricted airspace for military flight operations. During the 1960s, 70s and early 1980s, MCAS Yuma was home to VMFAT-101, the Marine Corps’ Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) for the F-4 Phantom II, training U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy and NATO/Allied flight crews and maintenance personnel in the F-4B, F-4J, F-4N and F-4S. Following the transfer of VMFAT-101 to MCAS El Toro, California in the 1980s, MCAS Yuma became the principal Fleet Marine Force Pacific operating base for the AV-8 Harrier and AV-8B Harrier II under the cognizance of Marine Aircraft Group 13 (MAG-13).
Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1 (MAWTS-1) is a major aviation command at MCAS Yuma, conducting training for all Marine Corps tactical aviation units, most notably the Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) course. Marine Fighter Training Squadron 401 (VMFT-401) is a Marine Air Reserve squadron also based at MCAS Yuma, containing both active duty and Selected Marine Corps Reservists, providing aerial adversary/aggressor services and dissimilar air combat training (DACT) for all US military services and selected NATO, Allied and Coalition partners.
MCAS Yuma is currently programmed to become the Marine Corps’ initial operating base for the F-35B variant of the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF).