Tag: Luke Air Force Base

USAF F-35A stealth fighters draw accidental sky penis during simulated dogfight
The four-ship, "red air" F-35A aggressor team faced off with the two-ship blue team, the red air team pulled back, requiring the blue team to come around before re-engaging in the dogfight. Six F-35A Lightning II stealth fighters belonging to  the 56th Fighter Wing from Luke Air Force Base (AFB), Arizona, simulating aggressor air training...
This F-35 Crew Chief is on his way to becoming an F-35 Pilot
After working as a civilian flight instructor for 11 months, Staff Sgt. Andrew Martin had logged 350 hours as an instructor pilot and more than 600 total flying hours, all while maintaining his Air Reserve Technician job as a crew chief. Staff Sgt. Andrew Martin, a Reserve Citizen Airman crew chief assigned...
Cool video shows F-35A Demo Team’s full practice at Luke AFB
A total of 14 maneuvers make up the F-35A Demo Team performance, many of which have never been seen by public audiences. Taken on Feb. 25, 2019 at Luke Air Force Base (AFB) the cool video in this post features F-35 Demo Team full practice. Capt. Andrew...
RCAF to start competition for a fifth-generation fighter in 2019
“The 308th FS is the fourth F-35A squadron at Luke, but the most important part of this activation is that we will be with two partner nations. In a few weeks, the Dutch will start their F-35 training followed by the Danes,” Lt. Col. Robert Miller, 308th FS Commander The 308th Fighter Squadron was reactivated in a ceremony at Luke...
New software will give the F-35 a decisive edge over any enemy fighter aircraft
“The past year’s demonstration was sort of like an ‘appetizer’ if you will. The new profile this year will be the full ‘five-course meal’ showing fans everything this jet is capable of.” Capt. Andrew “Dojo” Olson, F-35 Demonstration Team pilot The F-35 Heritage Flight Team is officially transitioning to the F-35 Demonstration Team for the 2019 air show season taking...
Turkey to receive first F-35 on Thursday despite opposition from Congress
The Senate bill also calls on Secretary of Defense James Mattis to submit to Congress "a plan to remove the Government of the Republic of Turkey from participation in the F-35 program" On Jun. 19, 2018 the Pentagon said that, despite opposition from the U.S. Congress, Turkey is set to receive its first F-35 Joint Strike Fighters on Thursday during...
Luke's F-35s receive upgraded ejection seat that removes weight limit restriction
Since October 2015, pilots weighing less than 136 pounds have been restricted from flying the F-35A Lightning II due to concerns of possible neck injuries that could result during ejection seat procedures Since October 2015, pilots weighing less than 136 pounds have been restricted from flying the F-35A Lightning II due to concerns of possible neck injuries that could result...
Russian Military observers pose for a picture in front of Norway's F-35
Russia filed the request under the 2011 Vienna Document, which allows participating states of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe to inspect each other’s bases The curious photo in this post shows Russian military observers posing in front of an F-35 Lightning II, the latest U.S. stealth fighter. According to Alert 5 Weblog the three Russian military observers were...
The F-15E was a modification of the two-seat F-15 Eagle and was designed as an all-weather multirole strike fighter The interesting photo in this post features the first McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) F-15E Strike Eagle which from Mar. 2, 1987 was used at Edwards Air Force Base (AFB) for Developmental Test & Evaluation (DT&E). The F-15E was a modification of the...
Col. Kurt Gallegos has 462 combat hours in the skies over Iraq, Afghanistan, and Bosnia, he was the first F-16 pilot to drop bombs in Afghanistan following the September 11, 2001 attacks and logged over 4400 hours in the F-16 A legendary F-16 Viper pilot retired a few days ago. The main picture in this post in fact was taken on...