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The MCAS Yuma is located 2 miles (3 km) from the city of Yuma, Arizona. It occupies approximately 3,000 acres (12 km²), most of which is flat desert wilderness. A mile is any of several units of distance, or, in physics terminology, of length. ... Yuma is a city located in Yuma county, Arizona, United States. ... An acre is an English unit of area. ... Jump to: navigation, search A dune in the Egyptian desert Desert in California In geography, a desert is a landscape form or region that receives little precipitation - less than 250 mm per year. ...


In 1928, the federal government purchased 640 acres (2.6 km²) near Yuma at the recommendation of Colonel Benjamin F. Fly. Temporary dirt runways were installed for usage by military and civilian planes. It was called Fly Field. Jump to: navigation, search 1928 was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Jump to: navigation, search For the heavy metal band see Soil (band) Soil is unconsolidated rock particles on the surface of the earth, mixed with organic matter from plant decay. ...


The outbreak of World War II transformed the air field into the Yuma Army Air Base. It was primarily a training facility for pilots. Jump to: navigation, search World War II was a truly global conflict with many facets: immense human suffering, fierce indoctrinations, and the use of new, extremely devastating weapons such as the atom bomb World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a mid-20th-century conflict that...


After the war, the base was downgraded to inactivity and claimed as a headquarters for the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Reclamation. The United States Department of the Interior (DOI) is a Cabinet department of the United States government that manages and conserves most federally-owned land. ...


In the early 1950s the base was re-activated by the United States Air Force, once again becoming a training facility, as Vincent Air Force Base. Jump to: navigation, search // Events and trends The 1950s in Western society was marked with a sharp rise in the economy for the first time in almost 30 years and return to the 1920s-type consumer society built on credit and boom-times, as well as the height of the... Jump to: navigation, search The United States Air Force (USAF) is the aviation branch of the United States armed forces. ...


In 1959, control of the base was passed over to the United States Navy and then, nine days later, to the United States Marine Corps. The base was retitled the Marine Corps Air Station on July 20, 1962. Jump to: navigation, search 1959 was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Jump to: navigation, search The United States Navy (USN) is the branch of the United States armed forces responsible for naval operations. ... Jump to: navigation, search United States Marine Corps Emblem The United States Marine Corps (USMC) is a branch of the U.S. military. ... Jump to: navigation, search July 20 is the 201st day (202nd in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 164 days remaining. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1962 was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ...


Use of the base continues up to the present day. It is the busiest air station in the Marine Corps. The site offers excellent year-round flying conditions and thousand of acres of open terrain.


External links

  • MCAS Yuma, Arizona Official Website
  • Yuma International Airport

 
 

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