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  • Luke Airmen enhance F-35 communication

    The 56th Maintenance Group Continuous Improvement and Innovation office developed the F-35A Lightning II communication cable rebuild and class tester box, allowing Airmen to rebuild F-35 communication cables at the unit level.
  • First Danish F-35s land at Luke AFB

    Royal Danish Air Force pilots delivered the first two RDAF F-35A Lightning II fighter jets to Luke Air Force Base, April 13, 2021, in preparation of pilot training. The aircrafts, assigned to the 308th Fighter Squadron will eventually be joined by five other Danish F-35s for use in the F-35 training program. According to the U.S. State Department, as stalwart NATO allies, the United States and Denmark cooperate extensively to promote peace and stability internationally.
  • Luke fighter pilot tops 1,000 F-35 flying hours

    Maj. Nicholas “JAKAL” Rallo, an instructor pilot with the 944th Fighter Wing, became the first Luke Air Force Base F-35 Lightning II pilot to attain 1,000 F-35 flying hours here, February 22, 2021.
  • From virtual to reality: F-35A, B-2 conduct joint training mission

    Ten F-35A Lightning II fighter jets from the 63rd Fighter Squadron “Panthers” participated in a joint capstone training mission with two B-2 Spirit stealth bombers assigned to the 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, Nov. 18, 2020.
  • Luke F-35s, F-16s train daily

    An F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 62nd Fighter Squadron prepares to takeoff, Dec. 15, 2020, at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. The 62nd FS transitioned from flying F-16 Fighting Falcons to flying F-35 aircraft in 2015. There are four F-35 fighter squadrons and four F-16 fighter squadrons that directly support the base’s mission of training the
  • 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
  • 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
  • Luke trains in Gunfighter Flag exercise

    The 62nd and 308th Fighter Squadrons participated in the Gunfighter Flag Large Force Exercise, Aug. 17-21 at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho.
  • 63rd FS implements Beast Mode configuration, creates training opportunity for student pilots and weapons Airmen

    When a combat mission demands it, stealth is sacrificed for a maximum weapons configuration. The 56th Fighter Wing is employing innovative practices to ensure its F-35A pilots are prepared for all combat operations.
  • 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.
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