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Tucson pilot stars at annual local air show over weekend

U.S. Air Force Maj. Jason Markzon, center, with his Tucson family, (L-R) brother, Seth; mother, Andrea; father, David; and sister, Heide. (Debe Campbell/AJP)

This year’s “Thunder and Lightning Over Arizona,” at Davis-Monthan U.S. Air Force Base, March 23-24, brought a hometown pilot soaring into town for the performance. Maj. Jason Markzon, flying the #8 slot, is the only Jewish pilot in the Thunderbirds Air Combat Command unit. The advance squadron’s advance pilot, he also narrated the Thunderbird’s demonstration performance both afternoons, with a local cheering section of family and friends and thousands of attendees.

This weekend’s performance was the 2019 season opener of 80 plus performances and Markzon’s debut on the team, all on his home turf.

“Thunder and Lightning Over Arizona,” at Davis-Monthan U.S. Air Force Base, March 23-24, with the Thunderbirds Air Combat Command squadron, seen in flight over Tucson. (Debe Campbell/AJP)
Markzon with his wife Korrynne and daughter Violet. (Debe Campbell/AJP)

 

Markzon on the Davis-Monthan flight line March 24 to narrate the Thunderbirds’ season opener F-16 Fighting Falcon air demonstration over Tucson. (Debe Campbell/AJP)

 

 

 

 

 

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