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F-16 Fighting Falcon

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Mission The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a compact, multirole fighter aircraft. It is highly maneuverable and has proven itself in air-to-air combat and air-to-surface attack. It provides a relatively low-cost, high-performance weapon system for the United States and allied nations. Features In an air combat role, the F-16’s maneuverability and combat radius (distance it can…

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The 2014 Thunderbirds

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In 1947, while the jet age was still in its infancy, military aviation was hurtled into the future with the creation of the U.S. Air Force as a separate service. Just six years later, on May 25, 1953, the Air Force’s official air demonstration team, designated the 3600th Air Demonstration Unit, was activated at Luke…

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Goldwater Range big part of Luke mission

Posted March 11, 2014 by 56th Range Management Office

Courtesy photo An HH-60G Pave Hawk rescue helicopter with the Alaska Air National Guard lands at the Barry M. Goldwater Range April 19, 2010, in the Sonoran Desert. The Barry M. Goldwater complex in southwestern Arizona is the Air Force’s premier training range. Established in 1941 to train military pilots in air-to-air and air-to-ground operations…

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Wings of Blue to jump during air show

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It all started in the spring of 1962 when a band of bootleg jumpers made their first parachute jumps as cadets. Using condemned survival, evasion, resistance and escape rigs and local aviation pilots, these cadets made several jumps in the Colorado area. During that spring, a few cadets, at their own risk and expense, made…

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Featured Demonstration Part 1.

Posted March 11, 2014 by

MV-22 Osprey With the speed and range of a turboprop, the maneuverability of a helicopter and the ability to carry 24 Marine combat troops twice as fast and five times farther than previous helicopters, the Osprey greatly enhances the advantages Marines have over their enemies. The Osprey’s impact was felt immediately upon its arrival in…

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Featured Demonstration Part 2

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Gregory “Wired” Colyer T-33 Shooting Star Gregory “Wired” Colyer has been flying for almost three decades after earning his license in 1982 while serving in the Army from 1982 to 1987. Since leaving the service he has been employed by the Federal Aviation Administration as an air traffic controller in Oakland. His passion for the…

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Open house to reunite Tuskegee Airmen, P-51

Posted March 7, 2014 by Staff Sgt. TIMOTHY BOYER

Courtesy photo Tuskegee Airmen from the 332nd Fighter Group pose beneath a P-51 Mustang at Ramitelli, Italy. Original members of the Tuskegee Airmen and the P-51 will be at the “Lightning in the Desert” Open House and Air Show March 15 and 16 at Luke Air Force Base. FROM LEFT: Lts. Dempsey Morgran, Carroll Woods…

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‘Lightning in the Desert’ Tips, info help guests make most of open house experience

Posted March 7, 2014 by 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

More than 200,000 people are expected to attend the “Lightning in the Desert” Air Show and Open House March 15 and 16. The event is open to the public and admission is free. It is two days of nonstop entertainment, but a few tips can help make the experience more pleasurable for guests. Traffic in…

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Drawdowns make communication vital

Posted March 7, 2014 by Chief Master Sgt. MICHAEL BROWN

In 1991, I departed Saudi Arabia post Operation Desert Storm. At the time I couldn’t imagine the day I would return to King Abdul Aziz Airport in Dhahran, also known as the “Kingdom,” but 23 years later I have returned. From the control tower here, I could look out over the massive equipment yards all…

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Find answer, don’t pass buck

Posted March 7, 2014 by Master Sgt. LARRY MORGAN

What do you do when your subordinate asks you a challenging question? The question could be about anything such as career progression advice, educational advancement, family emergencies or Air Force instruction clarification. How do you respond to your subordinate? Do you quickly pass the buck and refer him to the group superintendent, first sergeant, or…

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