Thunderbolt Digital Edition – April 2020

Luke AFB Thunderbolt – Digital and Print Publication for Luke AFB, serving the West Valley region of Phoenix, AZ. An Publication. – April 2020

Thunderbolt Digital Edition - April 2020

Hello, Fighter Country Friends – thanks for checking out the latest digital edition of Luke  AFB Thunderbolt! Wherever you are and however you’re spending your time – working from home, providing services to our community on the “front lines” of this pandemic, or spending time online in search of community and encouragement – we just want to let you know that we are here for you, and with you. Our mission at Aerotech News continues to be one of connection – connecting you, our readers, to one another with a network of defense industry, military and veteran news, spanning the southwestern portion of the United States. Now more than ever, it’s important for us to know what’s going on in other communities and the wider world, as reminder that we are all CONNECTED, and we will all get through this TOGETHER AND UNITED.  If you follow our Facebook page regularly, you’ll see that we’ve been doing more cross-posting and sharing of stories from throughout our service area of southern California, Arizona and southern Nevada. That’s just one way we’re working to expand our network of community and connectedness. You can visit our main website,, for full, FREE access to current and archived material serving the communities of Aerospace Valley and Edwards AFB, Fort Irwin NTC, Nellis and Creech Air Force Bases, Luke AFB and Davis-Monthan AFB. We’re meeting our community’s unique challenges with the common goal of emerging stronger, wiser and more resilient. So – ONWARD!

Here’s a look at this month’s special edition, a salute to the history of Fighter Country!

  • Frank Luke, Jr., AKA the “Arizona Balloon Buster”: page 2
  • 1940s – Early days at Luke Field: page 3
  • 1950s – Evolution of Luke AFB: pages 4 & 5
  • 1960s – Fighter training in full swing: page 8
  • 1970s – the Eagle, the Phantom and more awesome air power: page 10
  • 1980s – the Fighting Falcon: page 11
  • 1990s – the 56th Fighter Wing: page 12
  • The New Millennium: pages 14 & 15

All this and more, in this month’s edition of Luke AFB Thunderbolt! We’d like to take a moment and extend sincere thanks and a shout out to our advertisers, many of whom were scheduled to run in the Luke Days Air Show edition, and who pushed their advertising into this issue instead, to show their continued support for the base. Please remember them when you are looking for businesses to support now, and in the future when this crisis passes (and it WILL pass).  Hard copies of the paper will be available at various distribution points on base and in surrounding areas starting April 3rd. “Like” our Facebook page for daily updates on news coming out of Luke, as well as other military and defense installations in the desert southwest. It’s our privilege to serve you – be well and be safe. #aerotechnews #lukeafbnews

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