It has a new name, but the largest aerial spectacle in Southern Arizona returns to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base April 14 and 15 with just as much air power.
"Thunder and Lightning over Arizona" is the base's two-day, biannual open house, which will be a celebration of 100 years of Arizona statehood and American aviation.
Attendees are encouraged to park on base as early as 8:30 a.m. each day, with flying demonstrations to begin at 11 a.m.
Performers include the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, Air Force Academy Wings of Blue, an A-10 and P-51 heritage flight and many other military and civilian acts.
If you go
Thunder and Lightning over Arizona Davis-Monthan Air Force Base 2012 Open House
• When: April 14 and 15. Gates open at 8:30 a.m. Flying demonstrations start around 11 a.m. and end around 4:30 p.m.
• Where: Davis-Monthan Air Force Base
• Parking: Enter through the Craycroft gate or Swan gate off East Golf Links Road. Last entry is at 2 p.m. Handicap parking available at Craycroft gate only. There is no shuttle service or off-site parking for this year's open house. Plan to walk a long distance from the parking lot to the display areas.
• Cost: Admission is free, but canned food donations for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona will be accepted.
Bring Food Bank donations to the base
Receptacles located near the display areas will be accepting non-perishable items for the food bank, which could use:
• Boxed cereal
• Canned fruits
• Canned meats and/or tuna
• Canned tomato products
• Canned vegetables
• Peanut butter
Be prepared to undergo security procedures when parking on base and entering the display area. Davis-Monthan personnel have the right to turn anyone away who fails to consent to a search.
What to bring
• Each person can bring one clear plastic water bottle, which can be refilled for free at various spots around the display areas.
• Baby food, formula, milk and water (no glass containers).
• Carts for physically challenged/disabled visitors.
• Diapers bags.
• Service animals (no other animals allowed).
What to leave at home
• Animals. (Service animals allowed only. Pets will not be left unattended in the parking area or inside a parked vehicle.)
• Any potentially airborne items, including balls, balloons and kites.
• Bicycles, go-karts, scooters, skates and skateboards.
• Backpacks, purses and/or camera bags larger than 18 by 24 inches.
• Chairs and folding chairs (rental chairs available in display area).
• Food, beverages and alcohol from outside the base.
• Military uniforms worn by non-military members.
• Political activity/demonstrations to include associated paraphernalia.
• Umbrellas and folding canopies.
Find photos and videos of the teams that will be performing at the Davis-Monthan open house at azstarnet.com/events/airshow
Thursday: Get your four-page, pullout guide to Davis-Monthan's open house in Caliente.
Saturday and Sunday: Daily updates and photos from the flight line.