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  • F-35A Lightning IIs perform tactical maneuvers

    An F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 62nd Fighter Squadron performs tactical manuevers during a training mission, Nov. 18, 2020, at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. The F-35 is a fifth-generation fighter that features advanced stealth, sensor fusion and logistics support capabilities, which provide increased survivability in an advanced threat
  • EOD drops BDU-33s to showcase handling procedures

    Tech. Sgt. Michael Alger (right), 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team leader, provides an explosive safety briefing to Airmen prior to intentionally dropping a BDU-33 ordnance during a demonstration, Nov. 18, 2020, at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. EOD Airmen offered three scenarios to illustrate the importance of properly
  • New RTT initiative creates combat ready F-16 crew chiefs, saves time, money

    LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. – In July 2020, the Air Force introduced a newly redesigned course for F-16 Fighting Falcon crew chiefs going through technical training.
  • Luke pilot reaches rare milestone, surpasses 3k flying hours in F-16

    As of Nov. 23, 2020, only 295 pilots worldwide could claim to have surpassed three thousand flying hours in the F-16 Fighting Falcon.  That number is now 296.Col. Sean “Double” Rassas, 944th Fighter Wing vice commander, soared past his three thousandth hour in the fighter aircraft, Nov. 24, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.  The milestone was reached
  • Luke AFB enters Spark Tank 2021 with ‘Next-Gen Debrief’

    LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, ARIZ. – Luke Airmen working with an Arizona State University student have developed a 3D augmented reality system that will revolutionize the way pilots conduct mission debriefs and will represent the Air Education and Training Command at Spark Tank 2021.
  • Mobile lactation pods provide secure location for nursing mothers to breastfeed/pump

    LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. – One of three mobile lactation pods arrived at Luke Air Force Base, Nov. 12, 2020, to provide a private room equipped with the resources needed for women to safely breastfeed and pump breastmilk regardless of the work location.
  • U.S. Ambassador tours Luke Air Force Base

    Brig. Gen. Gregory Kreuder, 56th Fighter Wing commander, greets Trevor Traina, United States Ambassador to Austria during a base tour Nov. 12, 2020, at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. Traina visited many agencies on base including the Titan Arena, Airman and Family Readiness Center, and 61st Fighter Squadron. Traina visited Luke to learn more about
  • Armament shop maintains F-35 weapons system equipment

    Airmen from the 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron F-35A Lightning II armament shop are building a capability the Air Force may benchmark to store and maintain alternate mission equipment for the F-35’s weapons system.
  • F-35s demonstrate airpower during sortie training

    An F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 62nd Fighter Squadron takes flight during an evening mission, Nov. 2, 2020, at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. Unlike any other legacy aircraft, the F-35 cockpit has advanced controls that allow the pilot to change the size, location and content of data on each window of the display screen. Since 1941, Luke has
  • Base access to shift from Kachina to Lightning Gate

    The 56th Fighter Wing will shift base access from the Kachina Gate to the Lightning Gate, Nov. 8, 2020.
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