Luke Air Force Base Launched 100th F-35 Sortie

56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs // September 04, 2014

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. -- Luke Air Force Base launched its 100th F-35A Lightning II sortie at approximately noon on Tuesday, August 26.

"Flying the 100th F-35A sortie at Luke is a tremendous accomplishment," said Maj. William Andreotta, 61st Fighter Squadron chief of standardization and evaluations. "It is also a tribute to all the hard work and dedication put forth by the men and women of the 61st FS and 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit."

The 61st AMU has been dedicated to keeping the new fighter technology in flying condition.

"With every new weapon system comes a learning curve, and our maintenance team has done an exceptional job maximizing the balance between training opportunities and keeping pace with flying operations," said Lt. Col. Benjamin Smith, 56th Maintenance Group deputy commander.

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U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Marcy Copeland.