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.
  • Luke Announces F-35 Heritage Flight Program

    Luke Announces F-35 Heritage Flight Program

    Luke AFB // December 11, 2015
    Today marks another significant step forward for the F-35A program with the addition of the Lightning II to the 2016 Air Force Heritage Flight season.
  • F-35 Program Ramps Up Training for Pilots, Technicians

    F-35 Program Ramps Up Training for Pilots, Technicians

    National Defense Magazine // November 13, 2015
    The F-35 joint strike fighter program is transitioning to a day when its pilots will come fresh out of flight school and the new jet fighter will be their first assignment.
  • Norway’s First F-35 Sortie, Jets Arrive on Air Force’s Birthday

    Norway’s First F-35 Sortie, Jets Arrive on Air Force’s Birthday

    Luke AFB, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs // November 10, 2015
    The first two Norwegian F-35s arrived today at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Shortly after, a Norwegian pilot flew the F-35 Lightning II for the first time today, in conjunction with the Royal Norwegian air force's birthday.
  • Italian’s First Mission Highlights Partnerships

    Italian’s First Mission Highlights Partnerships

    Luke AFB, Arizona // November 05, 2015
    Two Italian pilots completed their initial training flight in the F-35 Lightning II Nov. 5 at Luke Air Force Base marking the first F-35 flights under control of an Italian pilot.
  • F-35 Mission Continues to Evolve

    F-35 Mission Continues to Evolve

    56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs // October 22, 2015

    As the world's premiere F-35 training base, Luke Air Force Base is constantly growing and improving to provide state-of-the-art training for F-35 Lightning ll pilots and maintainers.

  • First F-35A for Norway Takes First Flight

    First F-35A for Norway Takes First Flight

    Fort Worth, Texas // October 07, 2015
    The aircraft, designated AM-2, is scheduled to fly to Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, later this year for pilot training. (Lockheed Martin photo by Alex Groves)
  • Pleus Inspires New Aviators, Displays F-35s

    Pleus Inspires New Aviators, Displays F-35s

    Air Education and Training Command // August 04, 2015
    Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing Commander and Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Class 15-12 graduation speaker, displayed the new fighter aircraft to Team BLAZE members and the Air Force's newest aviators.
  • Luke’s 56th FW Has New Mission

    Luke’s 56th FW Has New Mission

    Luke AFB // May 21, 2015
    Luke Air Force Base's 56th Fighter Wing conducted a Change of Mission ceremony today, formally including the F-35 Lightning II as part of the wing's new mission statement.
  • Luke’s Flagship Strike Fighter

    Luke’s Flagship Strike Fighter

    Luke AFB, Arizona // May 04, 2015
    The aircraft, tail number 5056, with the last two numbers representing the wing, was the base’s 22nd F-35, according to a release.
  • Luke 1 Brings Flagship Home

    Luke 1 Brings Flagship Home

    Luke AFB, Arizona // April 29, 2015
    Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, lands the flagship F-35 Lightning ll at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, April 28, 2015.
  • Luke Conducts First F-35 Training Deployment

    Luke Conducts First F-35 Training Deployment

    Luke AFB, Arizona // April 17, 2015
    The 56th Fighter Wing performed the first F-35 training deployment from Luke Air Force Base, sending 10 aircraft to Nellis AFB, Nevada, for two weeks to see how well the team could conduct operations elsewhere.
  • Luke AFB Flies 1,000th Sortie

    Luke AFB Flies 1,000th Sortie

    Luke AFB // March 31, 2015
    The 56th Fighter Wing flew its 1,000th F-35 training sortie today making it the fastest F-35 wing to reach the 1000-sortie milestone in the Department of Defense.
  • Luke 1 Flies First ‘Student’ F-35 Sortie

    Luke 1 Flies First ‘Student’ F-35 Sortie

    Luke AFB, Arizona // March 19, 2015
    The 56th Fighter Wing officially began training new F-35 pilots today when the first student, Brigadier General Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, flew the wing's first training sortie.
  • Luke Jets Conduct First F-35 Flyover for the Pro Bowl

    Luke Jets Conduct First F-35 Flyover for the Pro Bowl

    Luke Air Force Base, Arizona // January 28, 2015
    Four F-35As from the 61st Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, flew the first ceremonial flyover of Joint Strike Fighters at a public event Sunday night.
  • F-35 arrival revives memories for retired fighter pilot

    F-35 arrival revives memories for retired fighter pilot

    56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs // December 05, 2014
    F-15 pilot training began at Luke Air Force Base 40 years ago. With the arrival of the F-35, one retired fighter pilot reflects on his time as an F-15 Strike Eagle test pilot at Luke and his vision for the future of the Air Force.
  • Luke opens training center for F-35 pilots

    Luke opens training center for F-35 pilots

    The Arizona Republic // October 13, 2014
    Select fighter jet pilots will transition from a gleaming new building at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale to some of the grittiest locations on Earth.
  • Program ALIS initiated

    Program ALIS initiated

    56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs // September 12, 2014
    The Autonomic Logistics Information Systems, also known as ALIS, enables F-35 Lightning II operators to plan ahead to maintain and sustain its systems over the life cycle of the fighter jet.
  • Luke holds first commander’s call

    Luke holds first commander’s call

    56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs // September 05, 2014
    Brig. Gen Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, held his first commander's call Monday at Luke Air Force Base.
  • F-35 rollout strengthens Australian-U.S. partnership

    F-35 rollout strengthens Australian-U.S. partnership

    56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs // August 08, 2014
    The unveiling of two new F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter aircraft labeled AU-1 and AU-2 at the Lockheed Martin aviation facility in Fort Worth, Texas, marks the beginning of F-35 operations for the Royal Australian air force.
  • Luke on path to becoming main F-35 training site

    Luke on path to becoming main F-35 training site

    The Arizona Republic // August 06, 2014
    Luke Air Force Base is shaping up well to be the world's largest pilot-training base for F-35 Lightning II fighter jets, said Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher C. Bogdan, the Pentagon's top officer for the F-35 program.
  • First Two Australian F-35s Roll Out of Factory

    First Two Australian F-35s Roll Out of Factory

    Fort Worth, Texas // July 24, 2014
    A ceremony was held today at Lockheed Martin, commemorating the official roll out of the first two F-35 Lightning II aircraft for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).
  • F-35 Flies First Local Training Sortie at Luke

    F-35 Flies First Local Training Sortie at Luke

    56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs // May 12, 2014
    An F-35 Lightning II took to the skies over the West Valley on May 5 in what was the first local training sortie for the fifth-generation fighter jet.
  • F-35 Lightning IIs take flight at Luke AFB

    F-35 Lightning IIs take flight at Luke AFB

    MyFox Phoenix // May 07, 2014
    The new F-35 pilot training program at Luke Air Force Base got underway with the Lightning IIs and their pilots taking the very first training missions this week.
  • Australian air force makes home at Luke

    Australian air force makes home at Luke

    56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs // May 02, 2014
    The buildup of F-35 operations at Luke Air Force Base has begun, and the Royal Australian air force will soon be Luke's first international partner to train here on the F-35A Lightning II.
  • Luke AFB Receives First F-35A Lightning II

    Luke AFB Receives First F-35A Lightning II

    Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. // March 14, 2014
    The first Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II assigned to the 56th Fighter Wing was officially unveiled during a ceremony on March 14 at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.
  • Luke Pilot Selected to Fly F-35

    Luke Pilot Selected to Fly F-35

    Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. // January 17, 2014
    Meet the F-16 pilot from Luke Air Force Base selected to be the first F-35 pilot at the base.
  • Lockheed Celebrates Unveiling of 100th F-35 Jet

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram // December 14, 2013
    Lockheed Martin and Luke Air Force Base celebrated the unveiling of the 100th F-35 jet at Lockheed Martin's plant in Fort Worth on Friday, Dec. 13.
  • AF Expects F-35 upgrade, 2nd Training Squadron in the Fall

    Air Force Times // September 13, 2013
    The Air Force’s F-35 program is expected to reach two major milestones this fall: the adoption of an advanced software and weapons system on the single-engine jet, and the beginning of major pilot training at the service’s second base for the fighter.
  • Additional F-35s Coming to Luke AFB

    Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. // July 24, 2013
    The Air Force announced today that Luke AFB has been chosen as the location for 72 additional F-35A Lightning II aircraft, bringing the eventual total number of the fifth-generation fighters expected at the base to 144.