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U.S. Customs & Border Protection Demo

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See the U.S. Customs & Border Protection perform a demo highlighting their work in pursuing and apprehending suspected intruders. The Tucson Sector Station of the U.S. Customs & Border Protection is based at Davis-Monthan AFB. The unit consists of helicopters and fixed wing aircraft that will perform the demo, as well as aircraft on static…

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Desert Lightning Team Combat Search & Rescue Demo

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This year’s Thunder & Lightning Over Arizona Air Show will feature a realistic demonstration of the aircraft and techniques used in a CSAR exercise. It’s gonna be loud and explosive! Highlights from this exciting demonstration include: • The demonstration begins with two pararescuemen jumping from a HC-130J Combat King to simulate downed airmen. • A…

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C-17 Globemaster III Demo

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The U.S. Air Force will perform a demonstration of the massive C-17 Globemaster III. It is a large military transport aircraft developed from the 1980s to the early 1990s by McDonnell Douglas and commonly performs tactical and strategic airlift missions, transporting troops and cargo throughout the world. Additional roles include medical evacuation and airdrop duties….

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U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt

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The A-10 is designed for close-in support of ground troops, close-air support, providing quick-action support for troops against helicopters, vehicles and ground troops. It entered service in 1976 and is the only production-built aircraft that has served in the U.S. Air Force that was designed solely for CAS. Its secondary mission is to provide forward…

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Air Show fills sky over D-M

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Thunder and Lightning over Arizona, a free, public event, is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 23-24, at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. The Thunderbirds, the U.S. Air Force’s precision-flying demonstration team, will be headlining the event along with D-M’s very own A-10 Thunderbolt II Demonstration team to display the military’s air power capabilities. The event…

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F-35A Lightning II performs in Heritage Flight

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The F-35A Lightning II is fifth-generation and the newest fighter aircraft in the fleet. The F-35 will perform Saturday only, along with classic military aircraft, as part of the U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight. The F-35 combines 5th Generation fighter aircraft characteristics — advanced stealth, integrated avionics, sensor fusion and superior logistics support — with…

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Kirby Chambliss

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Kirby Chambliss is one of the most outstanding pilots ever to fly an air show and in the Red Bull Air Races. He boasts two World Titles and 10 race victories, which puts him third on the all-time wins list. The American with the never-say-die spirit has been a leading force in the sport throughout…

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Red Bull Skydive Team

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The Red Bull Skydive Team constantly pushes the realms of possibility for its spectacular wingsuit and skydiving projects. The wingsuit flyers can reach speeds well over 100 mph while hovering within feet of each other. The team is known for their experimental jumps in which they accomplish stunts that no other group has ever done…

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Red Bull Helicopter

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For years, there was only one pilot in the world licensed by the FAA to perform aerobatics in a helicopter. That pilot, Chuck Aaron, thrilled air show audiences around the world with his feats in the MBB-BO 105 until he retired from flying air shows in 2015. That’s when Aaron Fitzgerald stepped up to fly…

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Vicky Benzing

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Vicky’s beautiful Stearman was manufactured in 1940 by the Boeing Aircraft Company for use as a military trainer in WWII. In 1990, the airplane was taken out of storage and restored by Stadel Aircraft based in Yuba City, California. It was converted back to a standard acrobatic category aircraft. Vicky purchased the airplane in 1998…

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