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Close Airman Support watches out for Airmen

Davis-Monthan’s Airmen are known to be strong, resilient and hard-charging. Time and time again the base has proven to be one of the best and has never backed down from the high end fight.

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A-10C Thunderbolt II Demonstration Team

The A-10 Thunderbolt II is the Air Force’s premier close-air support aircraft, providing invaluable protection to troops on the ground.  The Air Combat Command A-10C Thunderbolt II Demonstration Team, stationed at of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, brings the aircraft to air shows around the country to showcase the unique combat capabilities of the A-10 “Warthog.”…

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F-22 Raptor

The F-22 Raptor defines air dominance. The 5th Generation F-22’s unique combination of stealth, speed, agility, and situational awareness, combined with lethal long-range air-to-air, and air-to-ground weaponry, makes it the best air dominance fighter in the world. The F-22’s ability to collect and share tactical information with friendly assets enables U.S. and allied forces to…

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Desert Lightning Team Combat Search & Rescue Demo

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

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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Kent Pietsch

Posted  March 15, 2019

Kent Pietsch, sponsored by Jelly Belly® will bring his aerobatic comedy act to the skies in his bright yellow, jelly bean-decorated 1942 Interstate Cadet aircraft. Pietsch performs extreme maneuvers during his performance routine, such as a dead stick, or total power off, from an altitude of 6,000 feet. During the performance, the aircraft’s aileron will…

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Joe “Rifle” Shetterly

Posted  March 15, 2019

There are few pilots on this planet who like to cheat gravity more than Joe Shetterly. He loves to fly. As a young boy, Joe built and flew gas-powered control-line models. Soon he was winning radio-controlled aircraft competitions, performing many of the maneuvers you can see him perform at air shows today. Not surprisingly, Joe…

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Ralph Royce – Air Boss

Posted  March 15, 2019

Ralph Royce began flying at 17, was executive director of the CAF, joined the Lone Star Flight Museum of 1991 and founded the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame. Type rated in the B-17, TBM, F6-F, C-60 (L-18), he holds an unlimited piston powered letter from the FAA, has flown more than 100 air shows, and…

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Warbird dogfight

Posted  March 15, 2019

The Commemorative Air Force is dedicated to preserving and showing historical aircraft at air shows. They acquire, restore and preserve in flying condition a complete collection of combat aircraft which were flown by all military services of the United States and selected aircraft of other nations for the education and enjoyment of present and future…

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Ric Peterson

Posted  March 15, 2019

Ric Peterson is an air show announcer and award winning broadcast journalist. He is the voice of Fleet Week San Francisco, The Canadian International Air Show Toronto, Friendship Day Air Show Iwakuni, Japan, the Sanicole International Air Show Belgium and 15 to 20 others annually. Ric is also an honorary member of the Canadian Forces…

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