News: MCAS Yuma

  • F-35B Hot Loads With AIM-120’s

    F-35B Hot Loads With AIM-120’s

    MCAS Yuma, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing // September 25, 2017
    The exercise was a validation/verification conducted during Weapons and Tactics Instructors course 1-18. WTI is an exercise that takes service members from all over the world in a joint training exercise for mission readiness. WTI is hosted by Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron one.
  • VMFA-121 Helps Prepare JASDF for F-35A

    VMFA-121 Helps Prepare JASDF for F-35A

    Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan // September 14, 2017

    Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 hosted members of Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s Third Air Wing for an educational tour and class centered around the F-35A Lightning II at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Sept. 13, 2017.

  • The F-35 at Paris Air Show 2017

    June 14, 2017

    The Paris Air Show, or Salon du Bourget, is the world's premiere aerospace trade show. The 2017 Paris Air Show will take place June 19-25 at Le Bourget Parc des Expositions.

  • Marine Corps Trims Hornet Squadrons in Japan with F-35 Arrival

    Marine Corps Trims Hornet Squadrons in Japan with F-35 Arrival

    March 08, 2017

    The U.S. Marine Corps has adjusted the number of F/A-18 Hornet squadrons on rotating deployments to Japan with the arrival of the F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter to that country, according to the Marine Corps deputy commandant for aviation.

  • VMFA-121 Departs for Relocation to Japan

    VMFA-121 Departs for Relocation to Japan

    Marine Corps Air Station Miramar // January 10, 2017
    Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121, an F-35B squadron with 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, departed Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona, transferring to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Jan. 9, 2017.
  • Marine Grunts Will Train With F-35 Ahead of First Deployment

    Marine Grunts Will Train With F-35 Ahead of First Deployment

    Military.com // October 11, 2016
    The unit, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, out of Camp Pendleton, California, will team up with Yuma-based Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 for a variety of training evolutions before the units deploy together to the Pacific with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit next year.
  • F-35 Program Ramps Up Training for Pilots, Technicians

    F-35 Program Ramps Up Training for Pilots, Technicians

    National Defense Magazine // November 13, 2015
    The F-35 joint strike fighter program is transitioning to a day when its pilots will come fresh out of flight school and the new jet fighter will be their first assignment.
  • U.S. Marine Corps Moves Forward with F-35 Transition

    U.S. Marine Corps Moves Forward with F-35 Transition

    U.S. Marine Corps // August 13, 2015
    "Marine Corps IOC is a significant accomplishment, but we will not stop to celebrate... we will further refine the operational concepts that allow us to fully leverage this transformational capability"
  • Announcement Reaffirms U.S. Air Superiority

    Announcement Reaffirms U.S. Air Superiority

    Yuma Sun // August 05, 2015
    The United States Marine Corps declared Initial Operational Capability (IOC) for its variant of the F-35 Lightning II fighter, a huge milestone in the development of any aircraft — the announcement essentially means they have determined it to be capable of being deployed and ready for service.
  • U.S. Marine Corps Declares the F-35B Operational

    U.S. Marine Corps Declares the F-35B Operational

    FROM THE HEADQUARTERS U.S. MARINE CORPS // July 31, 2015
    The U.S. Marine Corps' F-35B Lightning II aircraft reached initial operational capability today with a squadron of 10 F-35Bs ready for world-wide deployment.
  • VMFA-121 Moving to Japan by 2017

    VMFA-121 Moving to Japan by 2017

    Yuma Sun // July 29, 2015
    Pending the confirmation of the F-35B's readiness for military operations, VMFA-121 will be moving permanently to Japan by 2017.
  • Marine F-35B Simulators Get True-to-Life Upgrades

    Marine F-35B Simulators Get True-to-Life Upgrades

    Marine Corps Times // July 27, 2015
    Pilots with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 got Block 2B software upgrades giving their four simulators at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona, the exact same capabilities as their real fighters.
  • U.S. Marines Complete F-35B Readiness Inspection

    U.S. Marines Complete F-35B Readiness Inspection

    Aviation Week // July 22, 2015
    The U.S. Marine Corps has completed an operational readiness inspection (ORI) of its first F-35B squadron, the last major hurdle before the service can assess whether VMFA-121 in Yuma, Arizona, is suitable to declare initial operational capability (IOC).
  • Ten Signs The F-35 Fighter Program Is Becoming A Smashing Success

    Ten Signs The F-35 Fighter Program Is Becoming A Smashing Success

    Forbes // July 13, 2015
    The F-35 is shaping up to be the greatest combat aircraft in history. That isn’t my characterization, it’s what Senator John McCain — no friend of the military-industrial complex – said when the plane began operations at the Marine Corps air station in Yuma, Arizona three years ago. Here are ten signs that McCain was rig
  • Marines Make Progress with F-35B During OT-1

    Marines Make Progress with F-35B During OT-1

    U.S. Marine Corps // May 29, 2015
    Marines and sailors have worked together since May 18 to conduct Operational Testing 1, the assessment of the integration of the F-35B Lightning II, at sea, aboard USS Wasp (LHD-1).
  • Marines Make Progress with F-35B During OT-1

    Marines Make Progress with F-35B During OT-1

    U.S. Marine Corps // May 27, 2015
    Throughout OT-1, the aircraft and personnel involved have been challenged with a wide variety of flight and deck operations, allowing the data gathering that will lay the groundwork for future F-35B deployments aboard U.S. Navy amphibious carriers.
  • Marine Corps F-35Bs Head to Sea Ahead of July 1 IOC

    Marine Corps F-35Bs Head to Sea Ahead of July 1 IOC

    Defense Daily // May 20, 2015
    Rather than press for sending the aircraft into combat, the focus is on equipping and deploying Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 (VMFA-121) to Iwakuni, Japan in January 2017.
  • Yuma’s F-35s to Enter New Phase of Training

    Yuma’s F-35s to Enter New Phase of Training

    Yuma Sun // May 08, 2015
    VMFA-121 will fly to MCAS Beaufort in South Carolina, then will be out at sea with the USS Wasp from May 18 to 29 for the F-35B's first operational test period (OTP).
  • Meet The F-35 Developmental Test Fleet At Edwards AFB

    Meet The F-35 Developmental Test Fleet At Edwards AFB

    Aviation Week // March 20, 2015
    Among the test aircraft at Edwards AFB are five added since the development started in 2001 to boost a focus on mission-systems flight trials, largely associated with the aircraft’s complex software.
  • MCAS Yuma in Corps’ Long-term Aviation Plans

    Yuma Sun // May 09, 2013
    The commanding officer of four Harrier squadrons and one F-35B squadron at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma said Thursday that continuing construction to prepare for more next-generation fighter jets puts the air station in a position to assume a much larger presence on the West Coast.

    Col. Michael Gough, commanding officer…

  • First F-35 With Marietta-Built Center Wing Flown

    First F-35 With Marietta-Built Center Wing Flown

    Fort Worth, Texas // March 08, 2013
    The first Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II with a Center Wing Assembly (CWA) built at the Lockheed Martin facility in Marietta, Ga., was flown for the first time this week.

    The aircraft, known as BF-25, is an F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing variant that will be delivered to the U.S. Marine Corps at Yuma, Ariz. The…

  • Lockheed Martin Delivers Three F-35B Aircraft to the Marine Corps

    Lockheed Martin Delivers Three F-35B Aircraft to the Marine Corps

    Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz. // November 20, 2012
    Three Lockheed Martin F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) aircraft were officially delivered to the U.S. Marine Corps during ceremonies at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., today.

    The three jets are assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 residing with the host Marine Aircraft Group 13.