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Air Force Surgeon General visits 56th Fighter Wing Medical Group

Lt. Gen. Dorothy Hogg, Air Force Surgeon General, paid a visit to Luke Air Force Base., Ariz., on Dec. 12, 2018, where she outlined her mission, values and modernization efforts to an enthusiastic group of Airmen.

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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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Dan Buchanan – Glider

Posted  March 15, 2018

Courtesy photoDan was a New York and Connecticut home builder and flat-track motorcycle racer; then moved to Lake Tahoe, California, where he enjoyed the thrill of flying off mountaintops. In 1981, he sustained a spinal injury landing a hang glider in bad weather. Losing the ability to walk, he returned to college to pursue a…

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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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(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman James Hensley)

F-35 Heritage Flight: Demonstration Team

Posted  March 15, 2018

(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman James Hensley) Maj. Will Andreotta, 61st Fighter Squadron heritage flight pilot, sits in the cockpit of an F-35 Lightning II during the Heritage Flight Training and Certification Course Feb. 10, 2017, at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. Heritage and demonstration teams need to be certified annually to participate…

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Joint Airfield Assault Demonstration

Posted  March 15, 2018

A high-impact Joint Airfield Assault Demonstration will highlight the awesome capabilities of aircraft stationed at Luke Air Force Base and major weapons systems that our armed forces can bring to bear. The ground here at Luke AFB has just turned into an enemy airfield, and the aircraft and troops you see today have been tasked…

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Air Force photograph by Staff Sgt. David Miller

Orientation Flight program provides Thunderbolts time in the cockpit

Posted  March 12, 2018

Air Force photograph by Staff Sgt. David Miller Capt. Hank McKibban, 61st Fighter Squadron instructor pilot, prepares to fly then Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon in an F-16 orientation flight June 8, 2007. The purpose of the flight was to promote understanding to community leaders of Luke’s F-16 training mission and the airspace requirements to accomplish…

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