First F-35 Lightning II arrives at Luke AFB
The F-35 Lightning II makes its first appearance at Luke Air Force Base on March 10. The aircraft was flown in directly from the Lockheed Martin factor at Fort Worth, Tex., and is the first of 144 F-35s that will eventually be assigned to the base. “Having F-35s at Luke ensures the long-term viability of our mission and safeguards the long-term presence of the base as a community partner and an economic engine in the West Valley,” Col. John Hanna, 56th Operations Group commander, said at a press conference after the jet landed. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Darlene Seltmann)

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