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CMS aircraft fuel systems provides push for pilot

Staff Sgt.STACI MILLER Airman 1st Class Gary Esposito, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron aircraft fuel systems apprentice, prepares to inspect a 370-gallon external fuel tank on Luke Air Force Base. Esposito inspected the tank for any reading malfunctions or leaks. Whether cruising at 35,000 feet or performing a low-altitude strafing mission, the last thing a pilot…

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Latest F-35 has fastest induction to ALIS

Senior AirmanGRACE LEE The 14th F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter to arrive at Luke Air Force Base is shown Dec. 5 on the flightline. Airmen at the 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit worked quickly to get the aircraft ready to fly in less than 48 hours, making it the fastest F-35 acceptance at Luke since…

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Thunderbolts lend helping hand to veterans in need

AirmanPEDRO MOTA Airmen from the 56th Comptroller Squadron help serve a holiday meal to the homeless Dec. 5 at the Central Arizona Shelter Services. The money was donated by the Veterans Administration in an effort to feed homeless veterans. CASS helps homeless veterans get back on their feet with job opportunities and supplies. When someone…

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LRS adds white R-11 refueling truck to fleet

Staff Sgt.LUTHER MITCHELL Jr. Senior Airman Jacob Hartman, 56th Logistic Readiness Squadron fuels distribution operator, checks out the newly painted R-11 refueling truck at the LRS vehicle yard. After receiving waiver approval from the Air Education and Training Command, the 56th LRS had the truck painted white to keep the fuel inside from overheating. The…

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F-35 arrival ignites memories for retired fighter pilot

Courtesy photo Retired Col. Richard Toliver poses in front of an F-15 Strike Eagle while temporarily stationed at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, in 1975. Toliver participated in the operational test and evaluation program at Luke Air Force Base from July 1974 to July 1975. F-15 pilot training began at Luke Air Force Base 40…


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Air Force News – March 21, 2014

Posted  March 21, 2014

Idaho Col. Sherrie McCandless, the first woman selected to command the 124th Fighter Wing and first female wing commander in Idaho Air National Guard history, assumed command in a ceremony on March 2, at Gowen Field, Boise. Poland In an attempt to augment U.S. military presence in the region, 12 555th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting…

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Cardinals’ Fitzgerald rides with Thunderbirds

Posted  March 21, 2014

Larry Fitzgerald, wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals, visited Luke Air Force Base March 13 to ride in a Thunderbirds’ jet.

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Thunderbirds make wish come true for AZ children

Posted  March 21, 2014

Children watched in delight March 14 as the U.S. Air Force Demonstration Squadron, better known as the Thunderbirds, flew across the skies over Luke Air Force Base. The demonstration team brightened the day for a group of special-needs children during their practice demonstration and meet-and-greet.

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Lightning in the Desert

Posted  March 21, 2014

Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota The Thunderbirds performed at Luke Air Force Base during the “Lightning in the Desert” Open House and Air Show.   Senior Airman Jason Colbert Luke Air Force Base F-16 Fighting Falcons demonstrate close air support, which was simulated with pyrotechnics.   Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota A Thunderbirds jet flies…

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WWII vet returns 70 years after earning wings at Luke

Posted  March 21, 2014

The Luke Air Force Base Open House and Air Show is not only a great opportunity for the public to experience the capabilities of the Air Force, but it also draws many who have served their country to reminisce on their active-duty days while checking out their old planes on display. For one World War II veteran, the return to Luke was particularly special.

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First F-35 Lightning II arrives at Luke

Posted  March 21, 2014

Escorted by two F-16s, Luke Air Force Base’s first F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter arrived a little after 11 a.m. March 11 from the Lockheed Martin factory in Fort Worth, Tex.

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March: Women’s History Month

Posted  March 21, 2014

Courtesy photo Harriet Tubman, woman of conviction, courage Harriet Tubman was born in 1820 and died in 1913. During the days of slavery, she changed lives one slave at a time. Tubman’s name will forever be linked to the underground railroad, which was used prior to the Civil War to help free slaves. She did…

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Chaplain’s Thoughts

Posted  March 21, 2014

Courtesy photo “People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” ~ Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Is there a “light from within” in you? How is it people see you in the dark…

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Fly Over: ‘300: Rise of an Empire’, and ‘Brokeback Mountain’

Posted  March 21, 2014

Now in theaters: ‘300: Rise of an Empire’ It’s pretty weird that it took seven years for a sequel to the Greek action film (which I’m pretty sure should be its own genre at this point) “300.” There was a lot surrounding that movie, and in my humble opinion it was a pretty good movie,…

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Flying Fortress makes appearance at Luke

Posted  March 21, 2014

Marty Novak, B-17G/B-25J Flight crew member, monitors the flight from the tail end of the B-17.   Participants selected to fly in the B-17 commemorative flight prepare to board the plane at the Arizona Wing of the Commemorative Air Force Aviation Museum located at Falcon Field Airport in Mesa.   Capt. Jason Chugg, 56th Training…

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