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Australia F-35s leave in historic launch

The Royal Australian Air Force launched two F-35A Lightning II’s Dec. 3, starting the multi-day journey to a historic arrival in Australia.

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Reservist serves underserved communities

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Native Americans make-up about 1.5 percent of the U.S. population. Tech. Sgt. Renelle Conner, 944th Medical Squadron dental flight chief and Reserve Citizen Airman, is working toward becoming an orthodontist. A member of the Yakama Native American Nation, in her hometown of Toppenish, Washington, Conner is committed to serving…

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F-35 HFT prepares for new demonstration profile

The F-35 Heritage Flight Team is officially transitioning to the F-35 Demonstration Team for the 2019 air show season taking their current flying profile to new heights. “The past year’s demonstration was sort of like an ‘appetizer,’ if you will,” said Capt. Andrew Olson, F-35 Demonstration Team pilot and commander. The new profile this year…

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Thunderbolt Digital Edition – December 7, 2018

Holiday Greetings to all in Fighter Country, from the staff of Aerotech News! Click on the link below for a digital copy of this week’s Luke AFB Thunderbolt. Here are some highlights from the Dec. 2018 issue:

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CDC preschool class acts out kindness

The students were able to gather78 gallon bags of toiletries, snacks and other items to be handed out to homeless veterans around Phoenix. The Falcon preschool class poses for a photo with items collected during their “Simple Act of Kindness” drive to provide personal items to local veterans. FROM LEFT TOP ROW: April Castronova and…

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Are we fulfilling our commitment?

Posted  March 3, 2016

What is commitment? According to the dictionary, it’s defined as “an act of committing to a charge or trust.” I look at it as always working hard, keeping my word and giving my best at all times regardless of the task at hand. This is true for me whether applied to my personal or professional…

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Bob Freeman — Extra 330

Posted  March 15, 2018

Bob Freeman, air show performer and unlimited competition pilot flies the EXTRA 330SC. The EXTRA is a single seat, low-wing aerobatic monoplane with conventional (taildragger) landing gear, offering incredible aerobatic performance.

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Air Force photograph by Senior Airman Pedro Mota
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Luke crew chief earns coveted MAJCOM award

Posted  March 28, 2018

Air Force photograph by Senior Airman Pedro Mota Senior Airman Tanner Apple, 309th Aircraft Maintenance Unit dedicated crew chief, inspects the flight control accumulator , March 22, 2018 at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Apple was named the Air Education and Training Command crew chief of the year for 2017 and now competing at the…

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A-10C Thunderbolt II: Demonstration Team

Posted  March 15, 2018

The A-10C Thunderbolt II Demonstration Team will perform demos for the first time in seven years for the 2018 air show season starting with 2018 Luke Days. The team consists of one pilot, one superintendent, an NCO in charge, three crew chiefs, an avionics systems specialist, aerospace propulsion systems specialist, electrical and environmental systems specialist,…

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AF upgrades to Windows 10

Posted  February 14, 2018

In accordance with the Department of Defense mandate, the Air Force must complete the Microsoft Windows 10 migration by March 31, 2018. Any operating system not upgraded by the deadline will be denied access to the network.

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