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  • Aircraft soaring over Luke AFB

    An F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 61st Fighter Squadron takes off July 27, 2020, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. The F-35 is the Air Force’s latest fifth-generation fighter and produces 43,000 pounds of thrust. Luke AFB is home to F-35s and F-16 Fighting Falcons that are used to train the world’s greatest fighter pilots and combat ready Airmen.
  • Lockheed Martin and Luke AFB expand innovation

    The 56th Component Maintenance Squadron’s Egress Systems Flight partnered with Lockheed Martin to work on two innovative technologies that aim to enhance F-35A Lightning II egress maintenance training.
  • Back to School Bash drive-thru

    Bags are packed prior to the Back to School Bash drive-thru July 23, 2020, at the Gila Bend Arena in Glendale, Ariz. The 56th Chaplain Corps, Back to School Clothing drive and the Fighter Country Partnership organized the drive to distribute school supplies and toys to Luke families. Despite the Coronavirus Disease 2019, Luke Airmen continue to
  • Luke Airmen compete at 2nd Quarter Load Crew Competition

    Senior Airman Javon Sweatts, 310th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew member, attaches the umbilical connector of an inert AIM-9L/M during the 2nd Quarter Load Crew Competition, July 17, 2020, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Load crew competitions pairs teams of three against one another challenging them to load an aircraft with inert
  • Luke Airman becomes AF’s first physical therapist assistant to bypass tech school

    LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. – An enlisted physical therapy assistant assigned to the 56th Medical Group became the first Airman to complete Basic Military Training and direct transfer to her first duty station, Luke Air Force Base, bypassing technical training.
  • Sunset flights over Luke

    An F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 63rd Fighter Squadron takes flight on an evening mission July 13, 2020, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. The F-35 produces 43,000 pounds of thrust and is designed to provide the pilot with enhanced situational awareness, positive target identification and precision strike in all-weather conditions. Luke AFB is
  • 56th LRS transports equipment

    Airman 1st Class Nicolas Hussong, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron ground transportation, uses ratchet straps to tie down an unserviceable golf cart to a forklift June 23, 2020, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Ground transportation Airmen delivered the unserviceable golf cart to the LRS Disposal Services to be properly discarded. Ground
  • Nighttime on the flightline

    An F-16 Fighting Falcon, assigned to the 310th Fighter Squadron, parks after a flight June 24, 2020, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. F-16 pilots train to fly and fight in all conditions; night flying is a critical capability for around-the-clock combat operations. More than 70 F-16s are assigned to Luke AFB to enable the wing’s mission of training
  • Luke AFB increases Health Protection Condition

    In recognition of the increased severity of COVID-19 cases throughout Arizona and in the surrounding community, Luke is moving from Health Protection Condition (HPCON) Bravo to Charlie.
  • Luke changes F-16 paint scheme to single color

    LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. – A team of nine 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Low Observable Aircraft Structural Maintenance personnel painted an F-16C Fighting Falcon assigned to the 310th Fighter Squadron a solid medium-gray color. The process took approximately a week and a half, including sanding, priming and painting.

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