The Thunderbirds performed at Luke Air Force Base during the “Lightning in the Desert” Open House and Air Show.
Luke Air Force Base F-16 Fighting Falcons demonstrate close air support, which was simulated with pyrotechnics.
A Thunderbirds jet flies above the air show crowd at Luke Days 2014 “Lightning in the Desert.”
The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron Thunderbirds perform the popular calypso maneuver during their performance.
Throngs of spectators flock toward the flightline to enjoy the show.
The general public was invited to attend “Lightning in the Desert” Luke Days 2014.
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.
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.
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.
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.