Statics at Miramar MCAS 2009

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Miramar MCAS has one of the most diverse, interesting, and entertaining static displays of any show I've been to. These are just a small sampling of what was there!
- Bernard Zee

Being a Marine Corp Air Station show, the Marines were very well represented in the static display area! I believe this is a mine resistant gun truck.

The Air Force brought out their Dodge NASCAR for fans to see. It was ridiculously LOUD when they ran the engine! Too cool.

Not very common to the West Coast shows, the AH-64 Apache sits there like a gigantic prehistoric insect.

A closer look at the 30mm Bushmaster Chain gun.

Since I don't see it much, I'm going to over-do the picture bit! Here it is in side profile.

An artsy look at the tail wheel of the Apache.

The Pacific Prowler is a beautifully polished B-25 bomber.

This F-4 Phantom belongs to the Miramar Museum. The Museum is open to the public, and has it's own entrance seperate from the Base.

Looks liks a Korean vintage helicopter - also from the Museum.

On hand was a UH-1Y Venom, also called a Super Huey. The UH-1Y has 2 engines and a 4 bladed main rotor and is a major upgrade over the older UH-1 models.

A closer look at the front end of the UH-1Y, which shares a lot of parts commonality with the new AH-1Z attack helicopter.

The 120mm big gun on an M1A1 Abrams Main Battle tank.

The proud Marine tank crew.

A front view of the C-130J, with the more efficient 6 bladed props.

This is the new AH-1Z Viper, also called Super Cobra. Like the UH-1Y, it sports a 4 bladed composite main rotor. The bird is just wicked looking!

The AH-1Z carries the 3 barreled 20mm M197 Gatling gun.

Another craft unique to the Marines is this AV-8B Harrier.

Kid is on a Mk-19 40mm automatic grenade launcher, mounted on top of Humvee. Looks like he's having fun imagining!

Various Mortars were on display as well.

On top of another Humvee was a TOW missile launcher.

Here's a CH-46 Seaknight in the early morning light.

The Air Force planes were on the other side of the tarmac.

Here's the ever popular A-10 Thunderbolt II, or Warthog as it's more commonly known.

An Aggressor Squadron F-16 was there on display.

The EA-6B Prowler soldiers on, slated to be replaced soon by the EA-18G Growler. The Prowler's primary mission is aerial radar jamming.

An F-5 in Aggressor colors sits in front of a C-5 Galaxy.

Another F-5 from VFC-13 in Aggressor colors. Anyone remember Top Gun?

The C-5 Galaxy is always a big draw for crowds.

An E-2C Hawkeye with the fancy 8 bladed props.

Here's a close up of the E-2C engine.

It was a treat to see this plane from the VAW-116 Sun Kings at the show.

Less glam, but still carrier capable, is this C-2 Greyhound.

The colorful refueling probe of the Extender can be seen here.

The Marines had on hand their towed artillery as well.

The gun's breech mechanism.

The Marines happily let people play with all the sights and knobs. The gun was constantly being raised and lowered!

A Marine themed bike made for R. Lee Ermey.

An unusual plane there was the Lockheed PV-2 Harpoon "Attu Warrior". I had no idea what it was!

Only a small number of PV-2 Harpoons were delivered before WWII ended.

The Marines had quite a few F/A-18s on display. That's the Snowbirds flying their demonstration routine in the background.

This is a closeup of one of the VMFA(AW)-225 F/A-18s. Called the Vikings, or alternatively the 'Death Dealer' - it seemed a bit confusing when I was looking it up!

View of the static display area from the Grandstands.

Lots of things to see and do!

Another B-25 there was the beautiful 'Executive Sweet'.

Not strictly speaking a static display, I just stuck this Medivac helicopter taking off in this section.

After the show, the E-2C Hawkeye takes to the sky.

Also leaving is a Seahawk helicopter.

Here's a Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAV) being mobbed by a crowd.

End with a Fighter Weapons School logo on the tail of one of the Aggressor Squadron aircraft. I thought it would be fitting, since Miramar is the home to the original Top Gun school!

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