April 1, 2016

Open house in review

Airman 1st Class Ashley N. Steffen
355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
(U.S. Air Force photo by Airmen 1st Class Ashley N. Steffen/Released)
Spectators cheered the U.S. Marine Corps AV-8 Harrier demonstration during Thunder and Lightning over Arizona Open House at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., March 12, 2016. The Open House was an opportunity for D-M Airmen to show their appreciation to the local community for their support to the base.

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — The Thunder and Lightning over Arizona Open House was held here, March 12-13.

The free event gave the community a chance to view aerial demonstrations and more than 40 static displays of current and historic aircraft, while having the opportunity to learn about the Air Force and interact with D-M’s Airmen.

“It was an absolute honor to showcase the Davis-Monthan mission to our neighbors in the Tucson community and throughout southern Arizona,” said U.S. Air Force Maj. Dale Stark, Open House director. “I was incredibly pleased with the sheer number of Tucsonans that came out to meet the Airmen of Davis-Monthan and learn about what they do to keep the nation safe.”

D-M’s Open House event was an Air Force way of saying “thank you” to the local community for its support throughout the years.

“Everything went better than I could have expected,” Stark said. “The community response was fantastic, the weather was perfect, and the flying was truly world class!”

Areal demonstrations included the Thunderbirds from the U.S. Air Force Demonstration Squadron, a Combat Search and Rescue demonstration from D-M, the Wings of Blue skydiving team, Jackie B, and many others.

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