By 2Lt Michael H Ossipov and Capt Steven R. Hulland
The weekend of 12/13 March 2016 featured the return of Thunder & Lightning Over Arizona, the biennial event hosted at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.
As always, there were numerous static displays, aerobatic demonstrations and of course, the storied Thunderbirds. In addition, CAP was well represented. Our show centerpiece, the newly washed and polished C182T N882CP, was ferried from the William Rogers Memorial Squadron 048 (commonly known as CAP AZ Wing Squadron 104) base at KTUS to KDMA by Maj Barbara Harper, accompanied by Lt Col Tony McFarland, acting as Mission Observer. N882CP, aka CAP236, was front and center of the static display.
All of the Tucson squadrons were present. Neotoma Cadet Squadron 109 in Marana, was represented by Lt Cols McCord and Markiewicz, both in their Search and Rescue uniforms on Saturday, and some of their cadets participated in the display both days. Both the Commander Lt Col Mike Meiers and Deputy Commander 2Lt Wendy Iskiyan, from the East Tucson Cadet Squadron 229, were present on Saturday. Lt Iskiyan was present both days. Lt Cols A.C. Sperling and Barbara Mathews, the CC and DC respectively, represented the Tucson Composite Squadron 105. In addition, we were joined by members of the 388th Composite Squadron from Glendale.