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  • 61st AMU uses live GBUs enhancing combat readiness

    U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Justin Williams, 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit maintainer, finishes loading a GBU-31 joint direct attack munition on an F-35A Lightning II Aug. 9, 2021, at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. Two F-35s from the 61st Fighter Squadron completed missions with live GBU-31s, a

  • 308th FS F-35A Lightning IIs soar in the sky

    An F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 308th Fighter Squadron breaks away from a four-ship formation Nov. 6, 2019, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. The F-35 is a multi-role fighter aircraft that can reach the speed of Mach 1.6, approximately 1,200 mph. Since 1941, Luke has been building the future of

  • Luke F-35 surpasses 35K sortie milestone

    An F-35A Lightning II, assigned to the 61st Fighter Squadron, flies during a sortie Oct. 28, 2019, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. The flight is the 35,000th F-35 sortie flown at Luke AFB since F-35 flight operations began in 2014. The F-35A is a fifth generation, multi-role fighter jet that can reach

  • Pilot’s quick thinking resolves in-flight emergency

    From initial pilot training to mission qualification training, U.S. Air Force pilots complete intensive training and preparation to learn critical skills to fly, fight and win, as well as prevent mishaps. However, F-35 and F-16 trainees in the 56th Fighter Wing also receive cutting edge human

  • Air superiority in action

    An F-35A Lightning II, assigned to the 56th Fighter Wing, performs a pass Oct. 1, 2019, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. F-35s are capable of reaching speeds of 1,200 mph or Mach 1.6, almost twice the speed of sound. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Leala Marquez)