Luke Air Force Base

Pilot and Maintenance Training

In May 2015, Luke Air Force Base's 56th Fighter Wing conducted a change of mission ceremony, officially including the F-35 in the wing's mission statement: "To train the world's greatest F-35 and F-16 fighter pilots."

F-35 pilot training began at Luke just over a year after the 56th Fighter Wing received its first F-35A in 2014.  Pilots and maintainers from Australia, Norway, Italy, the Netherlands, Japan and Israel are at various training stages at Luke. 

Luke AFB is the second base flying F-35s in Arizona after the stand-up of Marine Corps Air Station Yuma. Eventually, the 56th Fighter Wing will be home to 144 F-35s. 

Visit the Luke AFB website to learn more.