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Luke F-16C emergency lands, pilot ejects

An F-16C assigned to the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., diverted and attempted to land at Lake Havasu City Municipal Airport, Lake Havasu City, Ariz. at approximately 10:35 a.m., April 24 during a routine training flight. During landing the aircraft departed the prepared surface and the pilot ejected from the aircraft….

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Luke Egress Airmen reduce F-35 canopy shaped charge replacement time by 120 hours

Over the past two months, Airmen from the 56th Component Maintenance Squadron’s Egress Systems Flight at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., developed a new process for the replacement of flexible linear shaped charges on F-35 Lightning II canopies.

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Human performance training facility continues to progress

A team of highly trained professionals from Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., known as the Human Performance Team, have taken strides in the development of the Tactical Integrated Training and Nutrition (TITAN) Arena.

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Thunderbolt Digital Edition – April 6, 2018

Luke AFB Thunderbolt – Base Newspaper for Luke AFB, serving the West Valley region of Phoenix, AZ Thunderbolt Digital Edition – April 6, 2018 This month’s edition includes follow-up coverage of the Luke Days 2018 air show and open house. What a great weekend, full of fun, energy and awesome displays of air power! You’ll…

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56th Communications Squadron breaks ground on new operations building

Construction on the 56th Communications Squadron’s new central operations building began during a groundbreaking ceremony March 28, 2018, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.


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Desert Rats: Formation Demonstration Team

Posted  March 15, 2018

The Desert Rats Formation Demonstration Team is based at the Phoenix Deer Valley Airport and flies the CJ-6 military trainer. They are one of the few four-ship formation demonstration teams in the Southwest. Pilot bios Lead: Retired Lt. Col. Mike Carter Flew the F-4 and F-16 during a 20-year active-duty career, former 61st Fighter Squadron…

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Bob Freeman — Extra 330

Posted  March 15, 2018

Bob Freeman, air show performer and unlimited competition pilot flies the EXTRA 330SC. The EXTRA is a single seat, low-wing aerobatic monoplane with conventional (taildragger) landing gear, offering incredible aerobatic performance.

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Blue Angels: 72 Years of aviation excellence

Posted  March 15, 2018

Blue Angels History In 1946, the Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Chester Nimitz, created a flight exhibition team to raise the public’s interest in naval aviation and boost Navy morale. It began with precision combat maneuvers in the F-6 Hellcat, F-8 Bearcat and F-9 Panther. During the 1950s, aerobatic maneuvers performed in the F-9 Cougar…

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Wings of Blue

Posted  March 15, 2018

Age 49 and still going strong In the spring of 1962, a group of Air Force Academy cadets made their first parachute jump. Using condemned SERE rigs and local aviation pilots, these cadets made several jumps in the Colorado area. When word of their jumping got back to the superintendent, academy leadership faced a dilemma…

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Brad Wursten — MXS-R

Posted  March 15, 2018

Watch as Brad Wursten flies in one of the most highly sophisticated airplanes in the world, the MXS-R made by MX Aircraft. The plane features a complete carbon fiber airframe that weighs an impressive 1,100 pounds. The Lycoming engine has 385 HP and can reach a top speed of more than 300 MPH, a roll…

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