Air Show takes flight at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base

Air Show takes flight at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Thunder and Lightning over Arizona Open House and Air Show features, flights, stunts and getting up close and personal with aircraft.
With hundreds of thousands of people expected to attend this weekend, there is a little something for everyone.

Major Dan Dickinson flies F-22s and he brought a movie start to the air show. 

"No kidding that aircraft," he said as he points to the runway. "Was the F-22 that was in the movie the Transformers." 

He said it is incredible to fly in front of thousands of people but he has a lot on his mind while he is in the air.
"I'm very focused on each maneuver I have mid altitude and mid air speeds that I am making sure I adhere to I'm looking for the public to enjoy the show but I'm focused on doing it safely," he said. 
Major Dickinson said it is an honor to perform, but the real joy comes from inspiring future airmen. 
"At these air shows that is one of priorities is really interacting with our community and like I said try to find a way that we can give back," he said. 

He isn't alone in those sentiments. 

"We have a great history with interacting with the community but one of the beauties with the international guard is we are a family," said
Phil Purcell, 162 air wing commander with the Arizona National Guard. 

The air show continues Sunday at Davis-Monthan Air Force base. Gates open at 9 a.m. 
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