Air International 2015-07
S.Valinski - Raising the Bar /Military/
Live ordnance is used whenever possible during WTI to provide the most realistic combat experience. Here an AV-8B Harrier II from Marine Attack Squadron 211 (VMA-211) ‘Wake Island Avengers' is armed with two 1,000lb Mk83 bombs.
Ordnance specialists disarm an AH-1W Cobra at Auxiliary Airfield 2, near Yuma, in a forward arming and refuelling point exercise during WTI 2-15.
MV-22B Ospreys on the ramp at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma awaiting another mission.
The Aerial Productions International SMART-1 (Small Manned Aerial Radar Target, Model 1), derived from the BD-5J, is a small, lightweight single-engine jet. During WTI the type simulates enemy threats, such as cruise missiles, to present a realistic threat to air and ground forces in training.
Helicopters and ground troops conduct humanitarian assistance and disaster relief training in public during WTI, with staging areas that include local buildings and Kiwanis Park, where this CH-53 is pictured.
A Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 122 (VMFA-122) 'Werewolves' F/A-18 Hornet from MCAS Beaufort refuelling during WTI 2-15.
A KC-130J from Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152 (VMGR-152) ‘Sumos’ based at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, sits on the south Combat Aircraft Loading Area at Yuma while being prepared for a WTI mission.