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Luke 1 flies first ‘student’ F-35 sortie

Senior Airman Devante Williams Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, prepares Wednesday for the first F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter training sortie at Luke Air Force Base with Senior Airman Patrick Murphy, 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief. The 56th Fighter Wing officially began training new F-35 pilots today when the first…

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Club Beyond: Where friends, fun, faith connect

Courtesy photo Charles and Joe compete to see who can attach the most clothespins to their faces Dec. 1, 2014, at Club Five Six. Club Beyond has more than 100 trained staff and hundreds of volunteers at over 40 locations worldwide. Teenagers face many difficult issues today such as online bullying, educational stress, sexual pressures,…

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AFAF campaign: Committed to caring

Courtesy photo Air Force senior leaders review Air Force Assistance Fund affiliate web sites in preparation for the 2015 AFAF drive at the Pentagon. Seated are Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh III, and standing from the left are Air Force Vice Chief of…

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56th Fighter Group longest mission

Courtesy photo Maj. James Carter, 61st Fighter Squadron commander Seventy years ago this week, the 56th Fighter Group and many others in Eighth Air Force flew over Berlin. Previously, the Allies sporadically targeted Berlin, the capital of the Third Reich. On the ground, the Allies were about to cross the Rhine River. Crossing the Rhine…

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Qualification training

Staff Sgt. Rakim Redd, 607th Air Control Squadron instructor, instructs Senior Airman Rachel Mach, 607th ACS interface control technician, on how to set up a datalink March 10 during 607th ACS initial qualification training at Luke Air Force Base. The 607th ACS operates and maintains radar and communications to train highly-qualified weapons directors and surveillance…


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Open House Events Saturday & Sunday

Posted  March 11, 2014

Gates open, static aircraft viewable, vendors open 9:00 a.m. Wings of Blue performance – U.S. flag arrival and national anthem 11:00 a.m. Firebirds: Jack Knutson and Rob Holland P-51 Red Tail Tuskegee Airmen demonstration Bike/Jet Vehicle Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey Julie Clark T-34 F-16 & P-38 flyover Ace Maker T-33 Rob Holland Dodge Viper vs….

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

Posted  March 11, 2014

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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F-35A Lightning II Conventional takeoff, landing variant

Posted  March 11, 2014

Virtually undetectable to an enemy that cannot hide, the conventional takeoff and landing F-35A gives the U.S. Air Force and allies the power to dominate the skies – anytime, anywhere. It’s an agile, versatile, high-performance 9-G multirole fighter that provides unmatched capability and unprecedented situational awareness. The F-35A’s advanced sensor package gathers and distributes more…

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F-16 Fighting Falcon

Posted  March 11, 2014

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

Posted  March 11, 2014

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

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

Posted  March 11, 2014

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

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

Posted  March 11, 2014

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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Featured Demonstration Part 3

Posted  March 11, 2014

Mike Goulian Extra 330SC Mike Goulian will perform in his Extra 330SC, the world’s newest custom-built premiere aerobatic aircraft. Produced by Extra Aircraft of Germany, the 330SC is lighter, faster and more maneuverable than any other aircraft of this type. The main difference between the 330SC and Goulian’s former air show aircraft, the 300SHP, is…

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