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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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Military children celebrated for courage, resilience

Senior Airman Marcy Copeland Col. Jeremy Sloane, 56th Fighter Wing vice commander, signs the Month of the Military Child proclamation April 1 at the Luke Air Force Base Child Development Center. The Month of the Military Child recognizes the role children play in the Armed Forces community. Every day, military members are being deployed to…

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Ruck march honors fallen

Senior AirmanDEVANTE WILLIAMS March of the Fallen participants hike a trail Saturday in the White Tank Mountain Regional Park in Waddell. The MOTF is a 4.5-mile rucksack march dedicated to honoring those who gave their lives during Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn. Airmen and local community members came together Saturday…

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Arizona entrepreneurs learn benefits of hiring vets

Tech. Sgt.LOUIS VEGA Jr. Master Sgt. Stephen Hunter, 944th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal program manager, helps Jack Weiner, Arizona Chapter Entrepreneurs Organization member and business owner, don a bomb suit March 27 during the Entrepreneurs Organization tour at Luke Air Force Base. Ten Arizona Chapter Entrepreneur Organization members held their annual retreat March…

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Scottsdale SWAT train with Reserve medics

Staff Sgt.LAUSANNE KINDER Tactical Combat Casualty Care students provide treatment to simulated wounded patients during a field training exercise at the Luke Auxiliary Field. The class was taught by the 944th Aeromedical Staging Squadron to Luke reservists and members of the Scottsdale Fire Department and SWAT Team. The 944th Aeromedical Staging Squadron recently conducted Tactical…


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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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The 2014 Thunderbirds

Posted  March 11, 2014

In 1947, while the jet age was still in its infancy, military aviation was hurtled into the future with the creation of the U.S. Air Force as a separate service. Just six years later, on May 25, 1953, the Air Force’s official air demonstration team, designated the 3600th Air Demonstration Unit, was activated at Luke…

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F-16 Fighting Falcon

Posted  March 11, 2014

Mission The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a compact, multirole fighter aircraft. It is highly maneuverable and has proven itself in air-to-air combat and air-to-surface attack. It provides a relatively low-cost, high-performance weapon system for the United States and allied nations. Features In an air combat role, the F-16’s maneuverability and combat radius (distance it can…

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F-35A Lightning II Conventional takeoff, landing variant

Posted  March 11, 2014

Virtually undetectable to an enemy that cannot hide, the conventional takeoff and landing F-35A gives the U.S. Air Force and allies the power to dominate the skies – anytime, anywhere. It’s an agile, versatile, high-performance 9-G multirole fighter that provides unmatched capability and unprecedented situational awareness. The F-35A’s advanced sensor package gathers and distributes more…

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Luke, 56th FW history traces back to ‘40s

Posted  March 11, 2014

Luke Air Force Base and the 56th Fighter Wing have long and meaningful histories. They both began back in the ‘40s playing major roles in World War II. They both continue to offer important contributions to the military might of the nation. In 1940, President Franklin Roosevelt ordered the annual production of 12,000 military pilots….

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Open House Events Saturday & Sunday

Posted  March 11, 2014

Gates open, static aircraft viewable, vendors open 9:00 a.m. Wings of Blue performance – U.S. flag arrival and national anthem 11:00 a.m. Firebirds: Jack Knutson and Rob Holland P-51 Red Tail Tuskegee Airmen demonstration Bike/Jet Vehicle Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey Julie Clark T-34 F-16 & P-38 flyover Ace Maker T-33 Rob Holland Dodge Viper vs….

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World War I ace, hero, Luke AFB namesake

Posted  March 11, 2014

America’s second ranking ace in World War I, Frank Luke Jr. embodied the fighting spirit and public image of a fighter pilot of the time. He went after the toughest targets, heavily defended German Drachen observation balloons. They were protected by a ring of aircraft from planes attacking above the balloon, and balloon-mounted machine guns…

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Greetings

Posted  March 11, 2014

Welcome to “Lightning in the Desert,” Luke Air Force Base’s Open House and Air Show. We are excited to open our gates to the people of Arizona for a glimpse at our nation’s Air Force in action. The next two days will be packed with demonstrations and displays, which are sure to delight people of…

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Sports Shorts – March 21, 2014

Posted  March 21, 2014

Photos by Senior Airman David Owsianka Kyle Smith, 56th Medical Group, lays up the ball over Alon Moore, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, during the game. MDG defeated 56th AMXS 45-35.   Photos by Senior Airman David Owsianka Eric Gist, 56th MDG, shoots the ball over a 56th AMXS defender Monday during the first half of…

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