8x AV-8B of VMA-223 were lined-up far away, and only the modexes WP-00,02,03,06,08,09,11 and 223 of these were confirmed.
2 F/A-18F of VFA-106 were present, modexes AD-220 and AD-221.10 other F/A-18s were present, 7 of which were confirmed as VFA-122, and 5 of these departed to NAs Lemoore prior to 12:00 and were modexes NJ-206,210 and 223 (F/A-1E) and F/A-18F modexes NJ-116 and 126. The others were all gone from here by the next day. 2 of these were modexes NJ-102 and 113.
One other visitor was 165830 -830 C-40A (VR-59) CNV4200.
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Interesting. WP 00, 02 (164569), 06 (165592) and 09 from VMA-223 ended up at KPSP (Palm Springs Intl) by 1230 on the 17th when I dropped by the air museum there. When I left the museum approx 2 hours later the Harriers were still there and an Osprey was landing.
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I left El Centro Friday evening and 4 Harriers were hitting the bombing range a few others were still on the tarmac. About 10 F-18 Super Hornets from VFA 106 showed up in the afternoon. Not sure how long they will be there.
VFA-106 AD F/A-18F flying today 19/2/20 have been:
225/165931 (carries 166456 on lhs - see further down thread)
160506 and 160475 T-34C 'DOG1 & 2'
All 8 VMA-223 AV-8Bs and 4 UH-60s still here ('20793' heard on the radio).
761576/LS08 F-5N VMFT-401 for touch and go
165782/NJ201 F/A-18E VFA-122 for gas and go
162158/34 VRC-30 C-2A 'PASSWORD34' for gas and go?
168951/SE02 UH-1Y HMLA-469 dep
164859/YK859 CH-53E HMH-466 'THUNDER21' for gas and go
plus a few more unidentified CH-53Es for gas and go, including 'THUNDER11 & 12'
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Per Thunderbirds Instagram, all 8 Thunderbirds jets are in El Centro. Blue Angels instagram says " Stay tuned, we have some really cool stuff lined up this week!" so I am guessing this will be more than one day. I will be out there tomorrow (Thurs).
164211/SH270 F/A-18D VMFAT-101 gas and go
169601/VW301 F-35C VMFA-314 low approach
166512/QB512 KC-130J VMGR-352 pattern work
90-1797 C-130H 139 AW MS ANG in and out, twice
07-7174 C-17A ‘THUNDERBIRD14’ 436 AW plus the Thunderbirds!
The Army UH-60s are still here, and the three HSC-4 MH-60s at Imperial were operating from here. There were also three CH-53Es, but they didn’t move whilst I was there.