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F-16 Fighting Falcon Heritage Aircraft gets new look with vintage style

The former 56th Fighter Wing flagship F-16 Fighting Falcon, tail number 89-2056, got a paint job and is taking its new look to the skies above Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.

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New Air Traffic Control Trainer Course better prepares Airmen to control the skies

The Air Force recently developed an Air Traffic Control Trainer Course, the first trainer course designed for a specific career field, to improve retention rates. The three-day course, implemented first at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., trains Airmen who have completed their year of on-the-job training and are preparing to train the newest controllers coming from technical school.

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Base’s roster of F-35s increasing; spike in noise complaints

Luke Air Force Base's roster of F-35s has grown and that means more noise around the pilot-training installation on the west side of metro Phoenix.

Technology

Metals Technology: Innovating the future of airpower

From aircraft parts to specialized tools, the Airmen at the 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., aircraft metals technology flight manufacture and fix any asset that comes their way.

Air Force

‘Alcatraz Gang’ POW leaves legacy of hope

In May of 1966, 21 days after his F-4 Phantom II was shot down over North Vietnam, Sam Johnson arrived at the Hōa Lò Prison. Within hours, he was beaten unconscious by his brutal captors. The unspeakable pain Johnson endured when his broken arm and dislocated shoulders were wrenched backwards was only the beginning. Johnson…


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Air Force makes updates to enlisted evaluation policies

Posted  January 23, 2019

The Air Force recently updated evaluation policies for enlisted Airmen, refining the process and requirements for enlisted performance reports. The revised policies are in response to feedback from the field and are geared towards increasing flexibility for commanders and empowering performance within the enlisted corps. “We are continuously making strides to reform our talent management…

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Sheila Heen teaches Thunderbolts the art of feedback

Posted  September 29, 2017

Sheila Heen, Harvard Law School professor and negotiation expert, came to Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Sept. 25 to speak with Thunderbolts about the art and science of feedback.

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Yesterday’s Air Force: Pilot training

Posted  May 23, 2017

This episode of Yesterday’s Air Force takes a look back at the history of the Air Force’s Pilot Training Program, from its humble beginnings in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, to its modern day pursuit of air superiority.

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Events

Year in Photos – May 2015

Posted  January 7, 2016

Senior Airman Devante Williams Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, and Charles Lilly, lithograph artist, unveil the new fighter wing lithograph May 21 at Luke Air Force Base. The presentation took place during the 56th Fighter Wing change-of-mission ceremony. Senior Airman Devante Williams Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, speaks with…

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AZ Air Guard trains with 48th Fighter Wing in United Kingdom

Posted  June 18, 2018

Several Airmen from the 161st Air Refueling Wing at Goldwater Air National Guard Base, Phoenix, Ariz., conducted an overseas training mission with the 48thFighter Wing at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, May 21 to June 8.   

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