Arrival at Marine Corps Air Station, Yuma
Due to crew rest, showtime in Phoenix was 12:30 (Mountain Standard Time). My aircraft would lead the company of eight Black Hawks to our home for the next few months, Marine Corps Air Station, Yuma.
The trip was short and before I knew it we were calling Yuma tower for landing and taxi instructions. Being the lead aircraft, we did not get to see what the company formation looked like as we landed, but as my aircraft made the left turn to taxi to parking we could see the remaining seven aircraft all hovering at ten feet off of the ground, a pretty cool sight.
We quickly dismounted and removed all of the baggage from the aircraft as we reunited with some members of the unit who hadn't flown out with us and had instead traveled from from New Jersey on Nov. 10 in a fixed wing aircraft before we started our cross country flight. With their four days of experience, the early arrivals began to recite the rules and regulations of the base.
Once the aircraft were offloaded, we strolled over to the dining facility. We were all shocked at what nice food the Marine Corps had to offer compared to what we'd had to eat at Army chow halls. There were two serving lines to choose from and each dish of food listed the number of calories and grams of fat per serving. They even had an ice cream bar that took requests for different types of ice cream and toppings. There was no limit on the amount of food you could have.
After dinner chow, we went down the street to claim our room keys. As we walked, we noticed the nice weather for 19:30. The locals mentioned that it probably won't rain for weeks at a time. This should make for lots of flight training.
By Bert Stover |
December 12, 2005; 5:00 AM ET
Enroute to Yuma, AZ
Ft. Dix Mobilization
Preparation for Departure
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