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March 21, 2014

Lightning in the Desert

Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota

The Thunderbirds performed at Luke Air Force Base during the “Lightning in the Desert” Open House and Air Show.
 

Senior Airman Jason Colbert

Luke Air Force Base F-16 Fighting Falcons demonstrate close air support, which was simulated with pyrotechnics.
 

Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota

A Thunderbirds jet flies above the air show crowd at Luke Days 2014 “Lightning in the Desert.”
 

Staff Sgt. Darlene Seltmann

The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron Thunderbirds perform the popular calypso maneuver during their performance.
 

Senior Airman Jason Colbert

Throngs of spectators flock toward the flightline to enjoy the show.
 

Senior Airman Grace Lee

The general public was invited to attend “Lightning in the Desert” Luke Days 2014.
 

Senior Airman Marcy Copeland

The Firebirds corkscrew back toward Earth during the air show. The open house event welcomed the general public and featured static displays and aerial performances.
 

Senior Airman Jason Colbert

Members of the Wings of Blue jump team depart the aircraft during the opening ceremony of the “Lightning in the Desert” Open House and Air Show at Luke. Each member of the jump team is a U.S. Air Force Academy cadet.
 

Staff Sgt. Timothy Boyer

Crowds gather Sunday to catch a glimpse of Luke’s newest jet, the F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, which arrived on Luke Air Force Base on March 10.
 

Senior Airman Marcy Copeland

The P-38 Lightning flies over the wing of the F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter during the open house. The heritage flight features the Air Force’s lineage of fighters from the vintage P-38 to the latest advancement in jet fighters, the F-35.




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