Looking forward in 2016 … F-35 mission continues to evolve


As the world’s premiere F-35 training base, Luke Air Force Base is constantly growing and improving to provide state-of-the-art training for F-35 Lightning ll pilots and maintainers.

The F-35 is an aircraft with an international footprint unlike any other in history. Currently, Luke has two F-35 squadrons but will eventually be home to six squadrons, all housing partner nations.

The 61st Fighter Squadron became fully operational in June and the 62nd FS received its first assigned aircraft in August.

Construction on the 63rd FS is in the works and should be open by the end of this year.

Luke will eventually be home to seven partner nation pilots and aircraft and house a total of 144 F-35s.

Overall, Luke, just like the aircraft it supports, will continue to change.