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Thunderbirds make wish come true for AZ children

Posted March 21, 2014 by Staff Sgt. DARLENE SELTMANN

Children watched in delight March 14 as the U.S. Air Force Demonstration Squadron, better known as the Thunderbirds, flew across the skies over Luke Air Force Base. The demonstration team brightened the day for a group of special-needs children during their practice demonstration and meet-and-greet.

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Lightning in the Desert

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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…

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First F-35 Lightning II arrives at Luke

Posted March 21, 2014 by Capt. TRISTAN HINDERLITER

Escorted by two F-16s, Luke Air Force Base’s first F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter arrived a little after 11 a.m. March 11 from the Lockheed Martin factory in Fort Worth, Tex.

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Flying Fortress makes appearance at Luke

Posted March 21, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Luther Mitchell Jr.

Marty Novak, B-17G/B-25J Flight crew member, monitors the flight from the tail end of the B-17.   Participants selected to fly in the B-17 commemorative flight prepare to board the plane at the Arizona Wing of the Commemorative Air Force Aviation Museum located at Falcon Field Airport in Mesa.   Capt. Jason Chugg, 56th Training…

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Justice Report

Posted March 21, 2014 by 56th Fighter Wing Legal Office

The following is a list of justice and administrative actions issued at Luke air Force Base for January and February: 56th Maintenance Group Courts-martial A staff sergeant was found not guilty of aggravated sexual assault. Articles 15 An airman received an Article 15 for damaging government property valued at more than $500 and being drunk…

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Luke, 56th FW history traces back to ‘40s

Posted March 11, 2014 by RICK GRISET

Luke Air Force Base and the 56th Fighter Wing have long and meaningful histories. They both began back in the ‘40s playing major roles in World War II. They both continue to offer important contributions to the military might of the nation. In 1940, President Franklin Roosevelt ordered the annual production of 12,000 military pilots….

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Static Displays Part 4

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KC-10 Extender Mission The KC-10 Extender is an Air Mobility Command advanced tanker and cargo aircraft designed to provide increased global mobility for U.S. armed forces. Although the KC-l0’s primary mission is aerial refueling, it can combine the tasks of a tanker and cargo aircraft by refueling fighters and simultaneously carry the fighter support personnel…

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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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News Briefs March 7, 2014

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FOD walk A mandatory foreign object debris walk is at 7 a.m. March 17. For more information, call Tech. Sgt. Larry Isaac, 56th Fighter Wing FOD Prevention NCO in charge, at 623-856-6767. Hangar party A pre-airshow hangar party for service members, their families and honorary commanders is 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Hangar 999. Events…

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Base prepares for inspection

Posted March 7, 2014 by Staff Sgt. TIMOTHY BOYER

Staff Sgt. Timothy Boyer A service member logs off his computer Tuesday at Luke Air Force Base. Logging off your computer at the end of the day and leaving it powered on allows the 56th Communications Squadron Airmen to make updates that are vital to ensuring a healthy network and ultimately a passing score during…

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