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An F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter prepares to land Aug. 5 at Luke Air Force Base. This is the fifth F-35 aircraft currently assigned to the 61st Fighter Squadron with more on the way before the end of the year.

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JAMES HENSLEY Air Force

Nursing fellows take on trauma training

Airman 1st ClassJAMES HENSLEY Chief Master Sgt. John Mazza, 56th Fighter Wing command chief, and Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th FW commander, congratulate the 56th Medical Group nurses who graduated from the Critical Care and Emergency Trauma Nursing Fellowship program. The yearlong program to train in intensive, trauma and emergency care ended Aug. 7. Nurses…

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First generation Marine has passion for sport

Courtesy photo Cpl. Mauricio Sandoval, Bulk Fuel Company Charlie NCO in charge of administration, holds his daughter, Yaretzy, 1. When military personnel take the oath to serve their country, they enlist to serve a purpose greater than themselves. The military life is a selfless journey, but there are times one must make room in the…

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LUTHER MITCHELL Jr. Health & Safety

Entomology: Keeping food, base pest free

Staff Sgt.LUTHER MITCHELL Jr. Senior Airman Stephen Beeson, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron pest management journeyman, sprays pesticide around the perimeter of the entomology building Aug. 8. Entomologist perform a variety of duties to help fight pests, including performing public health inspections, controlling the weed population and assisting the Bird Abatement Strike Hazard program. Entomology Airmen…

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MARCY COPELAND Air Force

Lt. Gen. rolls out F-35 program priorities during all call

Senior AirmanMARCY COPELAND Lt. Gen Christopher Bogdan, F-35 Lightning II program executive officer held an all-call Aug. 5 on Luke Air Force Base. The general spoke to Thunderbolts about the F-35 program and priorities. Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, F-35 Lightning II program executive officer, visited Luke Air Force Base and held an all-call to brief…


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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 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 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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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