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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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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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Desert Rats

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The “Desert Rats” Warbird Demonstration Team makes a high-speed run past each other in their CJ-6A Chinese basic pilot trainer aircraft. The CJ-6 aircraft, designed in 1958, are still flown today by China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force. The CJ-6 is a Chinese version of the Yakovlev Yak-18A. Its predecessor, the Nanchang CJ-5, was a licence-built version…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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