Off We Go, Into the Wild Blue Yonder

… at least in the imagination! The Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) in Yuma offers a monthly tour of the base with an option to “walk the flightline” to see some of their equipment and jets close-up.

Before boarding the bus for the tour, we watched a demonstration with military dogs and their handlers. Seems like a good way to say, “Be nice while on the base; we not only have highly trained Marines, but dogs, too.”

Not that we retired folks (who made up 99% of those on the tour) posed much of a danger, especially since we were confined to the bus through most of the trip through the base where we passed the obstacle course…

…dorms (they might still call them barracks, but they looked more like dorm buildings than the quanset huts I remember from Gomer Pyle), commissary, food court, church, and other buildings.

But of course the best part was seeing the stuff that makes the MCAS really work. Parked along the flightline we found some cool stuff, each with a Marine nextit, ready to answer questions and provide facts and data about the machine…

Like this Hummer….

… and this F-5E Tiger II jet:

Of course, Ellen’s fave, the AV-8B Harrier:

She didn’t have many questions to ask, but the pilot was very informative…

… and she was glad to be able to get so close to one of those high-flying, rrrrooooommmmm-rrrrooooommmmm jets she’d been watching from afar!

Good thing they wouldn’t let her sit in the captain’s chair!!

About Ellen

Fiction writer and photographer, I travel the country with my sweetheart of a husband as a "full-time RVer."
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