News: Luke AFB

  • F-35 Arrives In Germany For ILA Berlin

    F-35 Arrives In Germany For ILA Berlin

    Luke Air Force Base // April 20, 2018
    Two F-35A Lightning II's assigned to the 61st Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Wing, landed in Berlin, Germany today as part of the United States delegation for the 2018 Innovation and Leadership in Aerospace Berlin Air and Trade Show.
  • Luke to Resume Local F-35A Flying Operations

    Luke to Resume Local F-35A Flying Operations

    56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs // June 20, 2017
    No specific root cause for the physiological events was identified during recent visits from experts and engineers from the Joint Program Office, Lockheed Martin, the Air Force Research Laboratory and other organizations.
  • JASDF Pilots Graduate Luke’s F-35 Program

    JASDF Pilots Graduate Luke’s F-35 Program

    944th Fighter Wing Public Affairs // May 31, 2017
    Two Japan Air Self-Defense Force pilots “Koku-Jieitai,” become the first from their country to graduate the F-35 program here May 20.
  • U.S. Air Force to Send F-35A to Paris Air Show

    U.S. Air Force to Send F-35A to Paris Air Show

    U.S. Air Force Statement // May 07, 2017
    ​The Air Force will send the F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighter aircraft to participate in the Paris Air Show this June, Air Force officials announced May 6, 2017.
  • Luke AFB’s 10,000th F-35 Sortie

    Luke AFB’s 10,000th F-35 Sortie

    Luke AFB, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs // April 01, 2017
    Lt. Col. Robert Miller, 62nd Fighter Squadron pilot, lands the 10,000th F-35 Lightning II training sortie at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz March 29, 2017. The 5,000th training sortie was flown in May 2015 marking more than 5,000 sorties flown in 10 months as Luke continues to build the future of air power. (U.S. Air Force phot
  • 63rd Fighter Squadron Receives its First F-35

    63rd Fighter Squadron Receives its First F-35

    Luke AFB, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs // March 20, 2017
    Since the first arrival of the F-35 in 2014, the program at Luke has rapidly matured and is approaching its halfway point with the 63rd FS’s first jet.
  • FMS Pilots Reach 100th F35 Sortie Milestone

    FMS Pilots Reach 100th F35 Sortie Milestone

    Luke AFB, 944th Fighter Wing Public Affairs // March 17, 2017
    Student and instructor pilots working under the Foreign Military Sales program reached a historic milestone today when they flew their 100th sortie here at Luke Air Force Base.
  • JASDF Flies First Solo Mission

    JASDF Flies First Solo Mission

    Luke AFB, 944th Fighter Wing Public Affairs // February 11, 2017
    After several months of training, Lt. Col. Nakano, JASDF F-35A pilot, completed a solo sortie and hit a historical milestone for the JASDF and 944th Fighter Wing.
  • F-35’s First B-Course Takes Flight

    F-35’s First B-Course Takes Flight

    Luke AFB // February 08, 2017
    The Air Force’s first F-35 Lightning II basic flight course class took to the skies for the first time as they entered the live flying portion of their training Feb. 8, 2017.
  • F-35: Luke Maintainers Integrate with Lockheed Martin

    F-35: Luke Maintainers Integrate with Lockheed Martin

    Luke AFB // January 30, 2017
    Airmen from the 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Unit integrated with the Lockheed Martin maintainers to begin performing maintenance for the F-35 Lightning II beginning in Jan., eventually with the goal of taking over the U.S. F-35 maintenance for the unit.
  • USAF Completes Insulation Repairs On Operational F-35s

    USAF Completes Insulation Repairs On Operational F-35s

    FlightGlobal // November 18, 2016
    Lockheed Martin and the US Air Force have finished repairs on the last of 13 F-35As affected by a faulty insulation issue earlier this year, though work continues on Lockheed’s production aircraft.
  • F-35As Land at RAF Fairford

    F-35As Land at RAF Fairford

    RAF Fairford // June 30, 2016
    The jets join two USMC and one UK F-35B to total six F-35s now on the ground in the UK.
  • F-35 Chief: Software Bugs No Longer A Threat To IOC

    F-35 Chief: Software Bugs No Longer A Threat To IOC

    Defense News // April 26, 2016
    The joint program office and F-35 manufacturer Lockheed Martin identified the root cause, incorporated a fix, and have nearly finished flight tests of an updated software load, JPO chief Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan told reporters on Tuesday.
  • Luke F-35s Drop First Weapons

    Luke F-35s Drop First Weapons

    Luke AFB // March 16, 2016
    The F-35A Lightning II program took another step toward initial operational capability yesterday when two aircraft assigned to the 62nd Fighter Squadron successfully employed four laser-guided bombs on the Barry M. Goldwater Range.
  • Air Force Secretary Visits Luke AFB for More Insight on F-35 Ops

    Air Force Secretary Visits Luke AFB for More Insight on F-35 Ops

    Luke Air Force Base, Arizona // March 14, 2016
    Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James met with Airmen to gain a better understanding of Luke Air Force Base’s mission with a focus on F-35 Lightning II operations, and its maintenance and training facilities March 9-10.
  • Lightning II to Touch Down at Air Shows Around the World

    Lightning II to Touch Down at Air Shows Around the World

    56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs // March 07, 2016
    The Lightning II qualified March 6 at the Heritage Flight Conference at Davis Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson, Arizona to take part in the Air Combat Command Air Force Heritage Flight program.
  • Norway Hits Century Mark in F-35

    Norway Hits Century Mark in F-35

    Luke AFB // March 02, 2016
    A 62nd Fighter Squadron Norwegian instructor pilot recently completed the 100th flying hour milestone at Luke Air Force Base Feb. 26.
  • ANALYSIS: Is it Live or is it Simulated? Only F-35 Knows for Sure

    ANALYSIS: Is it Live or is it Simulated? Only F-35 Knows for Sure

    Flightglobal // February 11, 2016
    Not only does the F-35’s full-mission simulator provide greater fidelity than previous generations of fighter trainers, it also compensates for the fact it is too expensive to equip every test and training range with the full complement of threats it would be likely to go up against.
  • Luke Pilot Flies 500th Hour in F-35

    Luke Pilot Flies 500th Hour in F-35

    56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs // February 05, 2016
    A 61st Fighter Squadron pilot made history Feb. 2 as the first Luke Air Force Base pilot to achieve 500 flight hours in an F-35 Lightning II.
  • F-35 Training at Luke AFB Gathers Pace with 34 Jets

    F-35 Training at Luke AFB Gathers Pace with 34 Jets

    Flightglobal // January 13, 2016
    The multinational pilot training centre at Luke AFB in Arizona has grown exponentially since receiving its first Lockheed Martin F-35 in March 2014, and that pace won’t let up in 2016 as the 56th Fighter Wing zips past 3,000 Lightning II sorties.