What do you think about Veteran's Day weekend in November? Average temps in November can't be beat. Plus, there's got to be AT LEAST a 50/50 chance I'll get my van back from SMB West by then.
Unfortunately, between my schedule and SMB West's pace, I don't think I can count on having both time and my van prior to Memorial Day weekend. That would be good to go except the average temps are already into the 100's by then.
I'll have to do a little checking, but I already have a range pass to go down there. I got it at the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma. There wasn't a video or anything. Just a quick brief to explain that it is a bad idea to pick up unexploded bombs and a requirement to check in and off the range via a phone number (helps to make sure that you don't drive under any falling unexploded bombs).
Much like Bill, I can't promise you'll see a dogfight, but I'm pretty sure I could arrange a quick tour of a Fighter Squadron at Yuma (since you have to stop there for a range pass anyway). I also have reliable sources for the location of two crash sites. One is an F-14 Tomcat. The other is an F-4 Phantom. I'm also friends with a couple of guys that work for the Boarder Patrol. I'm sure I could get some good info from them as well - like where to camp near their operations so you don't have to worry about our "friends" from the south wandering through camp.