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Chief of staff visits Luke

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and his wife, Betty, spent time meeting with Airmen and leadership Monday at Luke Air Force Base. Welsh highlighted Airman health, wellness and quality of life activities. He also reviewed the progress made in the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter training program at Luke….

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Prevention training goes face-to-face

Courtesy photo Maj. Jennifer Tomlinson, Air Education and Training Command Medical Readiness Division deputy chief, serves as facilitator during the AETC Medical Services and Training directorate annual Air Force Suicide Prevention training March 4 at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. The face-to-face training replaced the computer-based training beginning Feb. 11. The World Health Organization reports…

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Thunderbolt looks to future

Senior AirmanJAMES HENSLEY Staff Sgt. Maddie Baker, 56th Dental Squadron acting commander secretary was an Air Force Honor Guard member prior to crossing over to the dental field. As the commander’s secretary, she plays a pivotal support role in the dental squadron. Motivation comes from looking at the thing you want and realizing what it…

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Blue Blazers share with Airmen options for future

Senior AirmanJAMES HENSLEY Tech. Sgt. Steve Martin, Detachment 12, 372nd Training Support Squadron fuels systems instructor, sits in a speed mentor session March 18 at Luke Air Force Base. The Blue Blazers, a group of Fighter Country Partnership Honorary Commanders alumni, put on the mentoring session to help Airmen who are considering transitioning to civilian…

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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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Vipers pit 640 hp against 25,000 lbs of thrust

Posted  March 11, 2014

Once again the mighty F-16 Fighting Falcon will take to the tarmac against a 2014 SRT Dodge Viper at Luke Days Air Show Saturday and Sunday.

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Static Displays Part 1

Posted  March 11, 2014

Cessna 0-2A Skymaster In late 1966 the U.S. Air Force selected a military variant of the Cessna Model 337 Super Skymaster, designated the O-2, to supplement the O-1 Bird Dog forward air controller aircraft then operating in Southeast Asia. Distinguished by twin tail booms and tandem-mounted engines, it featured a tractor-pusher propeller arrangement. Having twin…

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Static Displays Part 2

Posted  March 11, 2014

Civil Air Patrol Cessna 182 Skylane The Cessna 182 has become one of the most popular aircraft with search and rescue aircrews. In addition to its role as a search and rescue platform, the Skylane is used for orientation flights, transport, and reconnaissance in support of counterdrug and homeland security. Like the C-172 Skyhawk, the…

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Static Displays Part 3

Posted  March 11, 2014

NASA F-18 Hornet NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif., used an F-18 Hornet fighter aircraft as its high angle-of-attack (Alpha) research vehicle in a three-phased flight research project lasting from April 1987 until September 1996. The aircraft completed 385 research flights and demonstrated stabilized flight at angles of attack between 65 and 70 degrees…

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Static Displays Part 4

Posted  March 11, 2014

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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Static Displays Part 5

Posted  March 11, 2014

F-22 Raptor Mission The F-22, a critical component of the Global Strike Task Force, is designed to project air dominance, rapidly and at great distances and defeat threats attempting to deny access to our nation’s Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps. The F-22 cannot be matched by any known or projected fighter aircraft.  …

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How do I get there?

Posted  March 11, 2014

The 56th Security Forces Squadron and Glendale Police Department want to minimize traffic congestion and provide our guests and personnel quick access to the base and parking areas. The following will guide guests to three parking areas: Lot A (park and walk), Lot B (park and ride) and Handicapped Parking. Parking Lot A – $10…

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Open house to reunite Tuskegee Airmen, P-51

Posted  March 7, 2014

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

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

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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