U.S.

September 6, 2013

This week in history: September 6

September 1989: Northrop military sales training ends

An F-5 sits on the flightline at Luke Air Force Base sometime in the early ‘80s.

The Northrop F-5 Foreign Military Sales training program ended after locally producing 1,499 graduates and 200 more using mobile training teams. That training program was somewhat unusual.

The program was designed for third-world nations that could not afford the expensive frontline fighter aircraft of the day like the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II.

The F-5 program began Dec. 1, 1963, when the 4441st Combat Crew Training Squadron organized at Williams Air Force Base in the East Valley. The reason for the location was the F-5 shared a great commonality of maintenance and parts with the Northrop T-38 Talon. But the squadron was assigned to the 4510th Combat Crew Training Wing at Luke AFB. That was because the wing at Williams trained only nonflyers to become pilots. Luke’s wing taught pilots to fly combat aircraft.

The 4441st Combat Crew Training Squadron and its wing inactivated on Oct. 15, 1969, with the 425th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron and 58th Tactical Fighter Training Wing activating in their place.
The 405th Tactical Training Wing activated as the second wing at Luke on Aug. 29, 1979, and took over supervision of the squadron. By the time the program ended, Luke organizations had trained pilots to fly and employ the F-5 from Mexico, South Vietnam, Thailand, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Korea, Venezuela and Brazil.

Courtesy of Richard Griset, 56th Fighter Wing History Office




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
DT_JTC0216

Supreme allied commander comes home

Gen. Philip Breedlove, left, NATO supreme allied commander, Europe, visited Luke Air Force Base Sept. 12. Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, right, 56th Fighter Wing commander, briefed the general on Luke’s evolving mission to train F-3...
 
 
Senior Airman Grace Lee

Command post chief averts potential disaster

Senior Airman Grace Lee Capt. George Normandin, 56th Fighter Wing Command Post chief, received the Aviation Safety Well Done Award Sept. 2, presented by Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th FW commander. Normandin took control of an F-...
 
 

You are what you eat

“You are what you eat.” This is a generic statement or a notion. It implies that if you eat healthy, you will be healthy. But how true is this in the world today? What we eat, drink, wear, drive and buy is often an attempt to construct a social identity. It lets others know who...
 

 

Knowledge equals power

The phrase “knowledge is power” is said to originate from Sir Francis Bacon in 1597. Personally, I remember learning the phrase from the old television show “School House Rock” theme song. The key idea behind the phrase is the more knowledge you accumulate, the more “power” you will have. Here is a simple breakdown: knowledge...
 
 
Senior Airman
MARCY COPELAND

EOD Airman changed for good by life experiences

Senior AirmanMARCY COPELAND Tech. Sgt. David Gerig’s, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team chief, first assignment after technical school was Kadena Air Base, Japan. The challenges in life are often w...
 
 

News Briefs September 19, 2014

CFC kick-off The 56th Fighter Wing Combined Federal Campaign kick-off charity fair is 9 a.m. Monday in Bldg. 1130 auditorium. Learn about the 2014 campaign ‘Serving Our Country. Supporting Our Community.’ and visit with local charities. For more information, call Maj. Jennifer Preyer-Bonton at 623-856-7144. Hispanic Heritage Month National Hispanic Heritage Month began Monday and...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin