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The Desert Lightning Team invites the Tucson community to the "Thunder and Lightning over Arizona" Open House here, March 12-13. Guests will experience aerial demonstrations and learn more about the Airmen and aircraft carrying out the Air Force mission here. The Open House is an opportunity to say 'thank you' for the support the local communities provide to the base throughout the year and D-M looks forward to hosting community members this spring.

Air Force Thunder Birds

The following will be performing:

U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds

F-22A Demo Team

DLT Demon Team

Desert Rats

USMC Harrier

Wings of Blue

C/BP Demo

Kent Pietsch

Jacquie B

Please check back for updates and changes.

Inclusion on this page does not imply endorsement by the U.S. Air Force or Department of Defense.
tabOn Static Display 
The following aircraft will be on static display:

Waco UPF7
German Jungmann
Skybolt Bi-plane
British Lightning
Harrier GR3
Cessna 182
CBP (UH-60, AS-350, Citation 550, C210)
TPD/DPS (Jet Ranger x2, Cessna 172)

Please check back for updates and changes.
tab355th Fighter Wing Mission 
Provide attack airpower, expeditionary combat support, and medical forces ready for worldwide deployment to combatant commanders. Produce highly-trained A-10C pilots to meet the Combat Air Forces, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve requirements. Support 12th Air Force (AFSOUTH) operations, an Air National Guard air sovereignty mission, four combat operations groups, and the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group. Ensure the readiness of all forces to fly, fight and win in support of the Joint fight.
tabSchedule of Events 
Saturday, March 12 & Sunday, March 13

9 a.m. - Gates Open

11 a.m. - Aerial Demonstrations Begin

5 p.m. - Gates Close

Here's your guide to what you can find at Thunder and Lightning over Arizona!

tabWhat is the cost? 

General admission is FREE. No tickets are available or required for general entry. General parking is also FREE.

You can purchase Flightline Club tickets and beer garden tickets by clicking this link:

355th Force Support Squadron website 

If the website is not functioning, please contact Frances Pientack at (520) 228-5950 or email frances.pientack@us.af.mil for form information.

Transportation: Public transport will not be available. Personal vehicles are allowed entry through general public access areas.

There will be FREE water stations available

Force Support Squadron Services:
  • Food, beverages and novelties will be available for purchase
  • ATM access will be available througout the flight line
  • Lightweight chairs will be available for rent

Reserved Seating Tickets
            · Shaded and open areas
            · Access to private restrooms
            · Exclusive viewing area

Flight line club tickets
· VIP gate and parking access passes
· Seating with unobstructed view of show center
· Catered meals
· Air Show Open House souvenir program
· Unlimited water and soft drinks
· Upgraded private restrooms
· Unobstructed view of Thunderbird ground show

Beer Garden tickets
· Shaded and open area
· Access to private restrooms
· Tickets include your first beer
· Exclusive viewing area

tabWhat can I bring? 

The following hand carried items are permitted:

  • Personal carts or wheelchairs for physically challenged visitors
  • Diaper bags for guests with small children
  • Small women's purses
  • Strollers for small children
  • Official service dogs
  • Cameras or video recorders; must be small enough to carry by hand
  • Binoculars
  • Liquids less than 4 oz
The following items are recommended:
  • Sunscreen
  • Hearing protection
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunhats/baseball caps
The following hand carried items are prohibited:
        · Coolers
        · Outside alcohol
        · Water bottles
        · Liquids OVER 4 oz
        · Duffle bags
        · Large purses (clutches and diaper bags are allowed)
        · Camelbacks
        · Paint
        · Balloons
        · Camera bags
        · Illegal drugs
        · Backpacks
        · Weapons (knives, firearms, brass knuckles, mace, pepper spray, 
          box cutters, nunchucks)
        · Military uniforms worn by non-military members
        · Gang or motorcycle club affiliated colors or clothing
        · Banners, signs, pamphlets, clothing etc. that contain vulgar  
          language, hate speech, or political advocacy material.
        · Folding chairs and lawn chairs
        · Bicycles
        · Scooters
        · Skates
        · Skateboards
        · Go-carts
        · Remote aircraft
        · Hoverboards
        · Umbrellas
        · All pets are prohibited from the Thunder and Lightning over Arizona 
        · Service animals assisting physically challenged guests will be

        At no time will pets be left unattended outside show grounds or 
        in vehicles.

All pets are prohibited from the Thunder and Lightning over Arizona grounds. Service animals assisting physically challenged guests will be authorized. At no time will pets be left unattended outside the area or in vehicles.

General Public Open House Base Access
The Craycroft and Swan Gates will be open for general public entry to the Open House on March 12 & 13.

The Craycroft Gate is located at Craycroft Road and Golf Links Road. It will be open for inbound Open House traffic only, Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. The Craycroft Gate will be open for outbound Open House traffic only, Saturday and Sunday from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m.

The Swan Gate is located at Swan Road and Golf Links Road. It will be open for inbound (2 lanes) and outbound (1 lane) Open House traffic, Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. The Swan Gate will be open for outbound (3 lanes) Open House traffic only, Saturday and Sunday from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m.

Personnel will be in place to direct traffic to Open House parking both days of the event.

Please Note: Guests attending the Open House are not authorized to park their vehicles on the installation over night. All unauthorized vehicles found on D-M the morning of Monday, March 14 will be towed.

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tabContact Information
For questions or more information
please contact the 355th Fighter Wing
Public Affairs office at (520) 228-3406
or email us at 355wgpa@us.af.mil with
the subject heading "2016 Open House."

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tabMedia Access/Credentials
All media representatives interested in covering the 2016 Open House should contact Public Affairs at (520) 228-3406 or via email 355wgpa@us.af.mil.
tabWhat is Thunder & Lightning over Arizona?
Thunder & Lightning over Arizona- Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future is a biannual Davis-Monthan Open House event and open free to the public on March 12-13.

The last Open House to take place at Davis-Monthan was in 2014.

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