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Davis-Monthan Air Force Base Leadership

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The 355th Fighter Wing is the host unit at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. Davis-Monthan AFB is home to 6,100 military and 1,200 civilians. It is one of the largest and busiest Air Force bases in the United States.  Commander, Colonel John A. Cherrey  Colonel John A. Cherrey is the commander of the 355th Fighter Wing,…

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Air Force’s Combat Search and Rescue capabilities

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During Thunder and Lightning over Arizona, spectators can witness a mission unique to the Air Force, Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR), through a demonstration simulating the rescue of an injured U.S. Marine, injured by an IED while on patrol. Air Force members from Davis-Monthan and the Air National Guard will showcase their capabilities. The 354th…

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Hometown Hero flies with Thunderbirds

Posted April 12, 2012 by Airman 1st Class Saphfire Cook

Dr. Peter Rhee, Chief of Trauma at the University of Arizona Medical Center, has been chosen as the Hometown Hero for the “Thunder and Lightning Over Arizona” open house and will receive an incentive flight with the Thunderbirds. Dr. Rhee can be called many things. To his patients he is a doctor. To his colleagues…

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The writing on the “Walls”

Posted April 12, 2012 by Airman 1st Class Saphfire Cook

The “Thunder and Lightning Over Arizona” open house will feature many showcases, mostly centered on aerial displays. But one exhibit takes us from the skies to the ground and across thousands of miles to the sands of Iraq, where the 332nd Expeditionary Medical Group sparked a movement that would come to be known as the…

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F-16 Alert Launch

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Since September 2001 “Operation Noble Eagle”, part of the 162d Fighter Wing, has been a 24-7 alert rapid reaction force dedicated to preventing an attack on the United States. These Airmen and F-16s scramble at a moment’s notice to ensure aerospace control over more than 225-thousand square miles – including Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado…

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Matt Chapman

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Matt Chapman is recognized as an extraordinary aerobatic pilot who brings thrills to millions of airshow fans each summer. Chapman began flying aerobatics in 1984 and quickly worked his way up to the highest level of competition aerobatics–the unlimited category. Recognized for his skills, Chapman won one of only five slots on the U.S. Unlimited…

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D-M dependant opens for open house

Posted April 12, 2012 by Senior Airman Brittany Dowdle

While other 15-year-olds are getting their learners permit, Heather Knox, daughter of Maj. Kenneth Knox, 79th Rescue Squadron assistant director of operations, is scheduled to perform the National Anthem in front of approximately 250,000 people at this year’s D-M ‘Thunder and Lightning over Arizona’ open house. “Since I am young and this is such a…

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Rocketbilly Racing

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PYRO is a 1982 International Transtar 4300 powered by a Westinghouse J34-WE-48 Turbojet engine with afterburner from a T-2 Buckeye. The engine has a single spool, 11-stage axial flow compressor and a single stage axial flow turbine. The J34 produces 12,000 HP with 6,000 lbs. of thrust. PYRO is capable of reaching speeds of over 300…

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U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds at D-M

Posted April 12, 2012 by Airman 1st Class Michael Washburn

This weekend, a familiar face is making a temporary appearance to the airspace above D-M. The Thunderbirds are scheduled to participate in the 2012 D-M Air Show Open House. The Thunderbirds will be celebrating...

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T-33 “Ace Maker”

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A native Californian, Gregory “Wired” Colyer took his first flight at age 7 in a Cessna 172 in Sonoma, Calif. Hooked ever since, Greg has been flying for almost three decades after earning his license in 1982 while serving in the U.S. Army from 1982-87. Since leaving the service, Colyer has been employed by the…

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