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Technological innovations in the history of the U.S. Air Force

From the earliest days of flight, airmen strived to set or exceed new altitude, speed, and distance records. The USAF has fostered new technologies resulting in sometimes exponential improvements in these and other areas.

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U.S. Air Force celebrates 70th anniversary

U.S. military aviation has changed over the years — from bi-planes during World War I to the modern jet fighter aircraft — but one thing remains constant, the motivation and resiliency of U.S. Airmen to protect and defend their home. On Sept. 18, the U.S. Air Force will celebrate its 70th anniversary.

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Thunderbolts prepare for Air Force 70th Birthday

Sept. 18, 1947, is seen as the official birth of the Air Force which has a rich history that revolutionized how the U.S. military functions as we know it today. Today’s Air Force is comprised of more than 680,000 Airmen, made up of active duty, reservists, guardsmen and civilians all who have answered our Nation’s…

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Health assessments ensure F-35 crew chiefs are fit to fight

It was a regular day on the flightline at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.

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Modern Day Air Force

Modern Day Today, the U.S. Air Force is the largest, most capable and most technologically advanced air force in the world, with about 5,778 manned aircraft in service, approximately 156 Unmanned Combat Air Vehicles, 2,130 Air-Launched Cruise Missiles, and 450 intercontinental ballistic missiles. The U.S. Air Force has approximately 328,439 personnel on active duty, 74,000…


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IN BRIEF October 30, 2015

Posted  October 29, 2015

Thanksgiving Day dinner The Ray V. Hensman Dining Facility will host Thanksgiving Day lunch 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and dinner 4 to 6 p.m. on Nov. 26 in Bldg. 545. A traditional menu will be served. There is no charge to meal card holders. Active-duty members, retirees and their dependents are welcome and pay…

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Around Luke

Posted  October 29, 2015

Senior Airman Devante Williams Tech. Sgt. Michael Mavrakis, 56th Fighter Wing Occupational Safety NCO in charge, inspects the central air unit outside Bldg. 431 at Luke Air Force Base. Mavrakis’ office works to ensure a safe and healthy work environment for Luke members.

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Sports

Sports Shorts

Posted  October 29, 2015

White Tanks hike The White Tank Mountain Hike is 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 6 and is open to the Luke Air Force Base community. Children ages 7 to 12 may attend. The cost is $10 per adult and $5 per child. Round-trip transportation departs from the Bryant Fitness Center. Guides, breakfast and lunch…

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Volunteers improve earth …

Posted  October 29, 2015

Christina Underhill More than 175 volunteers (26 from Luke Air Force Base) reported Saturday for a day of cleanup to Tres Rios at the Base and Meridian Wildlife area just north of Phoenix International Raceway. Volunteers picked up trash, painted over graffiti, and installed and cleaned signage. The beautification effort was to produce a healthier…

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Commentary

Partnership: the Luke way

Posted  October 29, 2015

A few years back, I went on a 365-day deployment and was struck by the international cooperation going into the fights in Iraq and Afghanistan. On a daily basis, I coordinated with folks from the United Kingdom, Australia, the Netherlands and France. On a routine basis, I worked with Canadians and dealt with representatives from…

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