Artwork

Yuma International Airport proudly displays a variety of artwork throughout the airport terminal and its grounds. We hope you enjoy!

Airline Ticket Counter Mural


-Located on the West End of the Terminal-

Yuma International Airport commissioned the mural located behind the airline ticket counter that includes Yuma's beautiful skies, an aircraft and the air traffic control tower.

Historic Model Aircraft


-Suspended above center of terminal-

A set of replica early model aircraft were incorporated into the construction of the airport terminal in 1999 and are suspended from the ceiling above the center of the terminal. Guests are welcome to the second level West or East mezzanines to get a closer look.

Robert Fowler Water Color


-Located on the first floor, center of terminal-

Robert Fowler was the first pilot to land an aircraft in Yuma in October 25, 1911 on the site that is now the Yuma Landing Restaurant. A local artist produced and donated this water color for display at Yuma International Airport.

Restroom Decorations


-Located throughout the terminal-

Each set of restrooms within the airport terminal are adorned with beautiful and historical graphics embracing Yuma's rich history along with personal messages to make our guests feel at home.

Passenger Arrivals Entrance Artwork


-Located at the Arrivals Entrance-

Yuma International Airport partnered with and commissioned Lia Littlewood of Littlewood Co-Op to create a mural celebrating iconic and historic landmarks found within the Yuma area for arriving passengers to enjoy.

Thanks for Flying Yuma Mural


-Located at the exit of the airport property-

In an effort to express Yuma International Airport?s sincere appreciation of our guests, we partnered with and commissioned Lia Littlewood of Littlewood Co-Op to create this mural complete with the historic Endurance Flight aircraft as well as iconic and historic Yuma landmarks.

Model Aircraft Display


-Located on the first floor, center of terminal-

Winslow R. Whitman Jr. was born on June 2, 1936 in Yuma AZ. After Serving in the Korean War, he retired in 1960. He came back to Yuma and married Joyce Dees. Together they have 1 son, Winslow R. Whitman, III and 1 daughter, Judith Lynne Whitman. Winslow was a farmer in the Yuma valley and enjoyed many things, including making model airplanes. Before he passed away on October 17, 2017, he asked that his model airplanes be donated to the Yuma International Airport so everyone could enjoy them. The beautiful display was constructed in 2019.

Airport beacon


-Located on the first floor, center of terminal-

Every U.S. city with an airport has the landmark rotating beacon, the brilliant revolving green and white floodlight that marks the airport's location to pilots flying at night. This historic beacon was installed in 1951 and shone as a navigational aid to guide aviators at night or during adverse weather for over 51 years. It was retired in 2002 and replaced with a modern appliance.

When it was removed from the MCAS Yuma tower, the beacon was placed on display in the base operations lobby. MCAS Yuma and Yuma International Airport partnered up to establish a permanent home for the beacon on prominent display within the airport terminal. In preparation for the display, airport staff worked with local craftsmen to re-illuminate the beacon at a much lower wattage, so its light can shine once again.

The beacon's last function was to be registered by the MCAS historian as a National Historic Object. It now shines as a symbol of the joint-use relationship between the civilian Yuma International Airport and Marine Corps Air Station Yuma.

Fort Yuma Colorado River Lithograph


-Located on first floor near rental car agencies-

Lithograph artist George H Baker was well known for his Western Americans scenes. This lithograph is one of his most captivating; as it depicts a unique insight into the life of Fort Yuma, as it was one of the important outposts in the American Southwest. Fort Yuma guarded this important crossing point of the lower part of the Colorado River. Its location played important roles in the early Spanish exploration of the southwest, the Mexican-American War, the U.S. Civil War and the development of the overland transport routes that connected California to the rest of America. Fort Yuma was a critical nexus of transport, trade, commerce and military operations in the American southwest.

The lithograph's view is from the Arizona side of the Colorado River looking across to Fort Yuma which is perched on a bluff overlooking the River. The western bank is shown to be a model of order in an otherwise wild land. The fort's imposing succession of stockades, surmounted by the stars and stripes, overlooks a frontier scene that is unusually candid in content with a caravan of covered wagons, a cable-led ferry prepared to traverse the river from the opposite bank. Docked at the crossing, is a flat-bottomed river steamer, which unloads supplies brought up the river.

George Baker created the lithograph with charmingly crude technical execution and may have intended the lithograph to be a humorous piece. It was produced in very limited quantity as if not destined for broader circulation as it posed risk to offending Victorian society. While the precise date of this lithograph is difficult to establish, writers determine it is as early as 1850 to the later date of 1875.

Lighted Displays of Yuma's Aviation History


-Located across from TSA screening, first floor-

This lighted collection includes graphics and information about Yuma's rich aviation history beginning with Robert Fowler's landing in 1911, Yuma's military aviation history and the Endurance Flight of 1949.

Historic Downtown Yuma 1898


-Located above rent car counters-

A panoramic photo of historic downtown Yuma from 1898 can be found above the car rental counters on the first floor, East end of the airport terminal.

90th Anniversary of the First Women's National Air Derby


-Located on the East stairwell landing-

Robert Fowler was the first pilot to land an aircraft in Yuma in October 25, 1911 on the site that is now the Yuma Landing Restaurant. A local artist produced and donated this water color for display at Yuma International Airport.