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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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USMC MV-22 Ospry Demo

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The MV-22 Osprey flight demonstration is one of the most sought-after aerial demonstrations offered by the U.S. military. The demonstration is performed by the same aircraft and the Marines who train and deploy in support of real-world contingencies, including ongoing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The MV-22 Osprey is one of the newest aircraft to…

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Unique U.S. Customs and Border Protection office on display

Posted April 12, 2012 by Staff report

Staff report 355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs One of the many exhibitions at the 2012 Thunder and Lightning over Arizona here this weekend will be the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Air and Marine. Attendees will be able to check out some of the organization’s fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, talk to OAM agents,…

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USAFA Wings of Blue

Posted April 12, 2012 by 355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Scheduled to descend upon D-M in spectacular fashion, the Air Force Academy’s parachute team, Wings of Blue, will perform at the 2012 D-M “Thunder and Lightning over Arizona” open house this weekend. The “Wings of Blue” has been called one of the most outstanding parachute units in the country for the past two decades. Since…

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Dan Buchanan Hang Glider

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The daytime version of the Dan Buchanan Hang Glider show has become a comical “screw-up” act. Buchanan’s “unscheduled” tow-launch into another aerobatic performers “act” starts the funny banter on the public address system between Buchanan, the announcer and the other pilot. The police are also chasing his tow winch vehicle on the runway and the…

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Tombstone Riders Wingwalking

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The world’s only current all-female wing-walking team will take to the Arizona skies this weekend, infusing a Western narrative with awe-dropping aerobatics and stunts. The Tombstone Riders act is a tale of Wild West desperadoes, complete with costumes and voice-overs starring Carol Pilon and Melissa Pemberton creating the only all-women wingwalking act in the world….

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History of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base

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Charles Lindbergh dedicates Davis Monthan Field: September 23, 1927 In 1925, Tucson’s City Council purchased 1,280 acres of land southeast of town to relocate the city’s municipal airport. Unknown at that time this new site would become the nucleus of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. Six years earlier Tucson had the proud distinction of opening the…

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