Outrunning the Storm

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Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Apsen Reid

An F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 63rd Fighter Squadron lands during a storm July 12, 2019, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. More than 100 F-35 pilots graduate from Luke every year from three fighter squadrons.
 

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Apsen Reid

An F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 63rd Fighter Squadron prepares to land July 12, 2019, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Luke is home to more than 90 F-35s, making it the largest F-35 training base in the Air Education Training Command.
 
Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Apsen Reid

An F-16 Fighting Falcon, assigned to the 309th Fighter Squadron, lands July 12, 2019, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. The 309th FS was reactivated in 1994 and since then has continually produced fighter pilots and combat ready Airmen, flying more than 2,000 sorties a year.
 
Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Apsen Reid

An F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 63rd Fighter Squadron lands during a storm July 12, 2019, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Every summer, Luke combats monsoon season, which consist of torrential downpours and sandstorms making it one of the harshest training environments in the United States.