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Luke F-35s refuel en route to USAFA flyover

An F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., flies over Colorado April 17, 2020.

An F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., flies over Colorado April 17, 2020. Eight F-35s from the 63rd Fighter Squadron, 61st FS and the 308th FS participated in a refueling mission and performed a fly-over at the U.S. Air Force Academy. The mission showcased the Air Force’s newest fifth-generation stealth fighter while offering a tribute to the class of 2020. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob Wongwai)

Luke F-35s refuel en route to USAFA flyover

Staff Sgt. Kevin Gimenez, 197th Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, guides a boom while refueling an F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 56th Fighter Wing April 17, 2020, over Colorado. While riding in a KC-135 Stratotanker, boom operators pump thousands of pounds of fuel into aircraft throughout flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder)

Luke F-35s refuel en route to USAFA flyover

An F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., prepares to be refueled by a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the Arizona National Guard, 161st Air Refueling Wing April 17, 2020, over Colorado. Eight F-35A Lightning IIs assigned to the 63rd Fighter Squadron, 61st Fighter Squadron and the 308th Fighter Squadron received more than 70,000 pounds of fuel en route to the U.S. Air Force Academy to perform a fly-over. The flyover showcased the Air Force’s newest fifth-generation stealth fighter while offering a tribute to the 2020 class. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder)

A KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the Arizona Air National Guard, 161st Air Fueling Wing, refuels an F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. April 17, 2020, over Colorado.

A KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the Arizona Air National Guard, 161st Air Fueling Wing, refuels an F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. April 17, 2020, over Colorado. The KC-135 along with eight F-35s from the 63rd Fighter Squadron, 61st FS and the 308th FS participated in a refueling mission as the F-35s traveled to the Air Force Academy for a flyover. The flyover showcased the Air Force’s newest fifth-generation stealth fighter while offering a tribute to the class of 2020. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob Wongwai)

Luke F-35s refuel en route to USAFA flyover

Maj. Britton Bates, 197th Air Refueling Squadron pilot, conducts a pre-flight checklist April 17, 2020, at the Arizona Air National Guard, 161st Air Refueling Wing. Bates flew a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 161st ARW over Colorado to refuel eight F-35A Lightning IIs assigned to the 63rd Fighter Squadron, 61st Fighter Squadron and the 308th Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. The 161st ARW re-fueled the F-35s enabling the fighters to perform a flyover at the U.S. Air Force Academy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder)

An F-35A Lightning II, assigned to the 56th Fighter Wing, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., flies over Colorado en route to the Air Force Academy April 17, 2020.

An F-35A Lightning II, assigned to the 56th Fighter Wing, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., flies over Colorado en route to the Air Force Academy April 17, 2020. The Arizona Air National Guard provided air refueling support to F-35s assigned to the 63rd Fighter Squadron, 61st FS and the 308th FS. Luke participated in a fly over at the academy to showcase Air Force’s newest fifth-generation stealth fighter while offering a tribute to the class of 2020. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob Wongwai)

Luke F-35s refuel en route to USAFA flyover

An F-35A Lightning II pilot assigned to the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., prepares his aircraft to receive fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the Arizona National Guard, 161st Air Refueling Wing April 17, 2020, over Colorado. The 161st ARW, partnered with Luke Air Force base to refuel eight F-35s assigned to the 63rd Fighter Squadron, 61st Fighter Squadron and the 308th Fighter Squadron en route to the U.S. Air Force Academy to perform a fly-over. The mission showcased the Air Force’s newest fifth-generation stealth fighter while offering a tribute to the 2020 class. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder)

An F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 63rd Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., banks away after receiving fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker, assigned to the Arizona Air National Guard, 161st Air Fueling Wing April 17, 2020, over Colorado.

An F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 63rd Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., banks away after receiving fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker, assigned to the Arizona Air National Guard, 161st Air Fueling Wing April 17, 2020, over Colorado. Eight F-35s from the 63rd FS, 61st FS and the 308th FS participated in a fly-over at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado. The flyover showcased the Air Force’s newest fifth-generation stealth fighter while offering a tribute to the class of 2020. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob Wongwai)

An Airman watches as an F-35A Lightning II, assigned to the 56th Fighter Wing, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., is refueled by a KC-135 Stratrotanker, assigned to the Arizona Air National Guard, 161st Air Fueling Wing April 17, 2020, over Colorado.

An Airman watches as an F-35A Lightning II, assigned to the 56th Fighter Wing, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., is refueled by a KC-135 Stratrotanker, assigned to the Arizona Air National Guard, 161st Air Fueling Wing April 17, 2020, over Colorado. Eight F-35s from the 63rd Fighter Squadron, 61st FS and the 308th FS participated in a refueling mission and performed a fly-over at the U.S. Air Force Academy. The flyover showcased the Air Force’s newest fifth-generation stealth fighter while offering a tribute to the class of 2020. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob Wongwai)

Luke F-35s refuel en route to USAFA flyover
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Seven F-35A Lightning IIs assigned to the 63rd Fighter Squadron, 61st Fighter Squadron and the 308th Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., line up in formation April 17, 2020, over Colorado. Eight F-35s performed a fly-over at the U.S. Air Force Academy in honor of the graduating 2020 class. Luke AFB exhibits the importance of teamwork between units, bases and military branches to execute the mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder)

Luke F-35s refuel en route to USAFA flyover
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An F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., flies next to a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the Arizona National Guard, 161st Air Refueling Wing April 17, 2020, over the Colorado Rockies. The 161st ANG refueled eight F-35s assigned to the 63rd Fighter Squadron, 61st Fighter Squadron and the 308th Fighter Squadron, en route to the U.S. Air Force Academy to perform a fly-over. The mission showcased the Air Force’s newest fifth-generation stealth fighter while offering a tribute to the 2020 class. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder)

Luke F-35s refuel en route to USAFA flyover
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An F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., refuels from a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the Arizona National Guard, 161st Air Refueling Wing April 17, 2020, over the Colorado Rockies. The 161st ANG refueled eight F-35s assigned to the 63rd Fighter Squadron, 61st Fighter Squadron and the 308th Fighter Squadron en route to the U.S. Air Force Academy to perform a fly-over. The mission showcased the Air Force’s newest fifth-generation stealth fighter while offering a tribute to the 2020 class. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder)

F-35A Lightning IIs, assigned to the 56th Fighter Wing, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., fly in formation April 17, 2020, over Colorado.
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F-35A Lightning IIs, assigned to the 56th Fighter Wing, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., fly in formation April 17, 2020, over Colorado. Eight F-35s assigned to the 63rd Fighter Squadron, 61st FS, and the 308th FS performed a flyover at the U.S. Air Force Academy to showcase the Air Force’s newest fifth-generation stealth fighter while offering a tribute to the class of 2020. Luke AFB is home to 98 F-35s and 77 F-16 Fighting Falcons enabling the base’s mission to train the world’s greatest fighter pilots and combat ready Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob Wongwai)

Two F-35A Lightning IIs assigned to the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., fly over Colorado during a refueling mission April 17, 2020.
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Two F-35A Lightning IIs assigned to the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., fly over Colorado during a refueling mission April 17, 2020. The Arizona Air National Guard provided air refueling support to F-35s assigned to the 63rd Fighter Squadron, 61st FS and the 308th FS as they headed to the U.S. Air Force Academy to perform a fly-over. The mission showcased the Air Force’s newest fifth-generation stealth fighter while offering a tribute to the class of 2020. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob Wongwai)

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