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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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People First – March 15, 2013

Posted  March 15, 2013

Editor’s Note: The “People First” section is compiled from information from the Air Force Personnel Center, TRICARE, 56th Force Support Squadron, Airman and Family Readiness Flight, Veterans Affairs, the civilian personnel office and armed forces news services. For the complete story, go to the web address listed at the end of the story. Oct. 7:…

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944th FW closes chapter in history

Posted  March 15, 2013

Sends remaining F-16 Fighting Falcons to other locations, assignments Reservists from the 944th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base bid farewell Feb. 12, 2007, to the last three F-16s after almost 20 years. The unit’s F-16s are being reassigned to other locations on the recommendations of the Base Realignment and Closure. “This is like…

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Squadron symbols embrace significance

Posted  March 15, 2013

Air Force shields and symbols are created to identify and set apart each organization and convey a specific meaning created to describe the purpose, warrior ethos and passion to complete the mission of that organization. These are just a few from the 56th Fighter Wing....

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AF first female fighter pilot continues to break stereotypes

Posted  March 15, 2013

After Col. Jeannie Leavitt finished pilot training at the top of her class in 1992, she was given her first choice of aircraft, with a few restrictions. Her first choice, the F-15 Strike Eagle, wasn’t yet an option for female pilots.

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Street Beat – March 15, 2013

Posted  March 15, 2013

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following situations March 1 through 7: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 11 moving and four nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents March 1: Security forces responded to a minor vehicle accident adjacent to Bldg. 400. There were no injuries. March 2: Security forces responded to a minor vehicle accident…

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F-35 Lightning II: Q and A

Posted  March 15, 2013

The 56th Fighter Wing at Luke AFB expects to do some flying and informal training a month or so after the first F35 arrives, with formal syllabus training is likely to begin in late 2014 or early 2015....

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Thunderbirds birthed at Luke

Posted  March 15, 2013

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.

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Fly Over: ‘Dr. No’, ‘The Sound of Music’

Posted  March 15, 2013

On BluRay / DVD: ‘Dr. No’ 007’s first big-screen adventure   In honor of this week’s Thunderbolt history edition and the recent release of “Skyfall” on Bluray and DVD, I decided to write a review on the first James Bond film, “Dr. No” (1962). Ian Fleming introduced James Bond to the world in a series…

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Oct. 7: Dream date, evening on the town offered Luke, Willie Airmen

Posted  March 15, 2013

Circa 1955, From the pages of the Jet Sun A beautiful girl, an afternoon and evening of dining and dancing, a new car to drive, with all expenses paid. What more could an Airman ask for? All he need ask for is the pleasure of escorting a lovely lass on this fabulous date. It’s all…

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Chaplain thoughts …

Posted  March 15, 2013

“No man can safely be a superior but he who learns to live in subjection. No man can safely command but he who hath learned how to obey well.” ~ Thomas Kempis A presidential advisor was seated at a state dinner and caught a side glance of blue trousers with yellow stripes nearby. The serving staff…

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