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Technological innovations in the history of the U.S. Air Force

From the earliest days of flight, airmen strived to set or exceed new altitude, speed, and distance records. The USAF has fostered new technologies resulting in sometimes exponential improvements in these and other areas.

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U.S. Air Force celebrates 70th anniversary

U.S. military aviation has changed over the years — from bi-planes during World War I to the modern jet fighter aircraft — but one thing remains constant, the motivation and resiliency of U.S. Airmen to protect and defend their home. On Sept. 18, the U.S. Air Force will celebrate its 70th anniversary.

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Thunderbolts prepare for Air Force 70th Birthday

Sept. 18, 1947, is seen as the official birth of the Air Force which has a rich history that revolutionized how the U.S. military functions as we know it today. Today’s Air Force is comprised of more than 680,000 Airmen, made up of active duty, reservists, guardsmen and civilians all who have answered our Nation’s…

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Health assessments ensure F-35 crew chiefs are fit to fight

It was a regular day on the flightline at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.

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Modern Day Air Force

Modern Day Today, the U.S. Air Force is the largest, most capable and most technologically advanced air force in the world, with about 5,778 manned aircraft in service, approximately 156 Unmanned Combat Air Vehicles, 2,130 Air-Launched Cruise Missiles, and 450 intercontinental ballistic missiles. The U.S. Air Force has approximately 328,439 personnel on active duty, 74,000…


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Phoenix Suns basketball clinic

Posted  November 12, 2015

Larry Keen The 56th Force Support Squadron Youth Center Phoenix Suns Basketball Clinic was Saturday on Luke Air Force Base. The event, which included coaching from Bob Lanier, NBA Hall of Fame; Tom Chambers, four-time NBA All Star; Steve Hunter, Phoenix Suns ambassador and alumni player; the Phoenix Suns Gorilla, Go; and Phoenix Suns staff…

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Photo by Airman 1st Class RIDGE SHAN
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F-35: Italians first mission highlights partnerships

Posted  November 12, 2015

Two Italian pilots completed their initial training flight in the F-35 Lightning II Nov. 5 at Luke Air Force Base marking the first F-35 flights under control of an Italian pilot. Today marks another significant step forward for the F-35 program as today’s missions showcased the full partnership aspect of F-35 operations here. One Italian…

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Coyote loose on base

Posted  November 12, 2015

Murphy learns to plasma weld at the 56th LRS. Murphy visited Luke for Veterans Day. Connor Murphy, Arizona Coyotes defenseman, practices plasma welding Nov. 4 at the 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron during a visit to Luke Air Force Base in recognition of Veterans Day. Murphy toured Luke and spoke with Airmen about their daily service…

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FSS hosts job fair

Posted  November 12, 2015

Senior Airman James Hensley Master Sgt. David Addison, 607th Air Control Squadron Heating Ventilation And Air Conditioning Flight chief, talks with a representative Oct. 28 at the 56th Force Support Squadron job fair at Luke Air Force Base. The job fair was located at Club Five Six and featured representatives from various organizations with work…

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Vehicle emission requirement goes live 2016

Posted  November 12, 2015

Beginning in January, Luke Air Force Base will require federal employee privately owned vehicles that are driven for more than 60 days on base to demonstrate compliance with federal law requirements under the Clean Air Act Section 118(d) (U.S.C. §7418(d), the vehicle inspection and maintenance program. The statute requires all federal employees to meet the…

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