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Luke conducts first F-35 training deployment

Senior Airman Thomas Spangler A 61st Fighter Squadron F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter taxis prior to take off April 15 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. Ten F-35s from the 61st Fighter Squadron were sent to Nellis for the first ever JSF training deployment. The Las Vegas skyline is in the background. The 56th…

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Historic landmark’s message renewed

Senior AirmanMarcy Copeland The freshly painted Air and Education Training Command shield gives new life to the historic water tower. The water tower received a facelift with “WELCOME TO FIGHTER COUNTRY” and the AETC shield being repainted to represent the Luke mission. As commuters traveled the base and Litchfield Road, all could see the bucket…

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Earth Day: Luke Airmen get creative to save volts

Senior AirmanGRACE LEE A Life Fitness hybrid bike’s display is shown April 14 in the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center. Thunderbolts are encouraged to use this bike which saves the base energy since it uses 75 percent less energy once the user hits a certain revolutions-per-minute range. The Earth’s ocean is being polluted…

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A new ‘Wolf’ … Col. Jeremy Sloane

An Air Force Academy cadet’s dream came true after graduation and earning his wings in 1996. The next stop was Luke Air Force Base where he successfully completed his F-16 Fighting Falcon Initial Qualification Course in 1997.

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Airmen reach terminal velocity

Courtesy photo Second Lt. Tanya Wren, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Community Relations chief, takes in the expansive view after the chute was pulled at 3,000 feet. Luke Air Force Base Airmen were chosen to tandem jump with the Wings of Blue U.S. Air Force Parachute Team for their accomplishments during service. Terminal velocity is…


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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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Map of the base

Posted  March 11, 2014

  Please refer to the print edition of the Airshow guide for a more thorough overview.

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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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