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  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • F-16 Fighting Falcons at dusk

    An F-16 Fighting Falcon, assigned to the 425th Fighter Squadron, prepares to land May 19, 2020, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. The F-16 can withstand up to nine G’s, nine times the force of gravity, with a full load of internal fuel. Luke AFB currently trains alongside six foreign nations and has graduated more than 61,000 fighter pilots since 1941.
  • 56th CES maintain arresting system, ensure safety

    An F-16C Fighting Falcon assigned to the 309th Fighter Squadron accelerates towards emergency cables during an annual drill to recertify the BAK-12 arresting system May 8, 2020, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. The BAK-12, which is maintained by the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron, uses modified brake systems connected by a cable across the runway
  • Luke, Arizona ANG Salute Phoenix

    F-35 Lightning II’s and F-16’s fly in formation May 1 during a national COVID-19 Total Force flyover at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. The flyover included an aerial review over Luke Air Force Base followed by a morale flyover over Phoenix-Metro to demonstrate local military continued readiness during the national COVID-19 response, while saluting the
  • Luke, Arizona ANG salute Phoenix

    Luke Air Force Base and the Arizona’s Air National Guard honored Arizona front line responders with a 15-aircraft flyover today, May 1, 2020.
  • Flying mission continues at Luke AFB

    An F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 310th Fighter Squadron taxis down a runway March 25, 2020, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. There are 77 F-16s assigned at Luke, which allows Luke to train the world’s greatest fighter pilots and combat ready Airmen. Since implementing preventative health measures for Coronavirus Disease 2019, the base has
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