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FCP Invited to Unveiling of the first Australian F-35

Posted on September 12, 2014 by Fighter Country

Aus F35 Rollout Ceremony Picture

FCP returned recently from a fantastic trip to Fort Worth to witness the unveiling of Australia’s first F-35. We were invited by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) whose first two F-35s coming off the Lockheed Martin production line will be delivered to Luke AFB. This is just another example of the multiple benefits that exist due to Luke AFB. RAAF will be training their initial F-35 pilots at Luke AFB which includes 15 RAAF families who will be joining the Luke AFB family. Additionally, each foreign F-35 brings 9 Lockheed Martin employees as well who will be active and around Luke AFB for a period of time.

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Acknowledging support

Posted on March 26, 2014 by Fighter Country

Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers presented 56th Fighter Wing Brig. Gen. Michael Rothstein with a special coin he called his own version of “Key to the City.”

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In case you missed the F-35 unveiling ceremony

Posted on March 24, 2014 by Fighter Country

On Friday, March 14, the first F-35 Lightning II assigned to the 56th Fighter Wing was officially delivered during a ceremony at Luke Air Force Base (AFB) in Glendale, Ariz.  In case you missed this historical event, below is the video that was played during the ceremony. Enjoy!

Video courtesy of Lockheed Martin.

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Recap Video of F-35 Unveiling Ceremony at Luke AFB

Posted on March 24, 2014 by Fighter Country

Welcoming the first F-35 at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., on March 14, 2014.

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F-35′s economic impact in West Valley

Posted on January 4, 2014 by Fighter Country

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61st Fighter Squadron Reactivated at Luke AFB

Posted on November 14, 2013 by Fighter Country

61st FS Reactivatoin Ceremony

At an Oct. 25 ceremony, Luke Air Force Base reactivated the 61st Fighter Squadron, designating the unit as the first of six squadrons planned for training in the F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter jet.

More than 150 family members, pilots and community members were present at the ceremony, which was held at Club Five Six on the base.

Also in attendance were Brig. Gen. Michael Rothstein, 56th Fighter Wing commander, and Col. John Hanna, 56th Operations Group commander, who was the presiding officer.

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AF-41, Lockheed Martin’s 100th Airframe, first F-35 designated for Luke AFB

Posted on July 24, 2013 by Fighter Country

AF-41, the 100th F-35We couldn’t resist sharing with the world a few of the most recent photos of AF-41, Lockheed Martin’s 100th F-35 Airframe and first F-35A that will be delivered to Luke AFB. Enjoy!


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Luke AFB to Receive Three Additional F-35 Squadrons

Posted on June 27, 2013 by Fighter Country

Edwards F-35A Conducts First External Weapons Test MissionGLENDALE, Ariz. – Officials from West Valley cities and community groups as well as state and federal leaders are thrilled with today’s announcement by the Department of Defense that Luke Air Force Base will receive three additional squadrons of the Air Force’s new F-35A Lightning II fighter jet.

With today’s announcement, Luke AFB will now have more F-35A’s assigned to its base in Glendale than any other installation in the Air Force. The announcement also paves the way for Luke to have a total of six squadrons totaling 144 F-35A jets when the base fully transitions to an F-35A training center over the next several years. The Air Force plans to phase out and eventually replace its aging fleet of F-16s with the new, more technology advanced F-35A.

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Construction began shortly after Luke selection for F-35 training

Posted on June 20, 2013 by Fighter Country

Progress has been swift. And here we are. The first building set for completion in the fall, with the first aircraft expected to land sometime in January. That’s just 17 months after the initial announcement was made about the selection of Luke Air Force Base for F-35A Lightning II training. The Department of Defense released its Record of Decision and the afternoon of Aug. 1, 2012, when Air Force Secretary Michael Donley announced Luke Air Force Base had been chosen as a training center for the F-35 Lightning II. Luke AFB met with the media at a last-minute press conference…

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First of two F-35 training facilities at Luke set to open mid-October

Posted on June 19, 2013 by Fighter Country

Two F-16s from Luke Air Force Base's 62nd Fighter Squadron flank an F-35 from Eglin AFBSequestration is not affecting construction of two F-35 training facilities at Luke Air Force Base. Although sequestration, which involved civilian personnel furloughs, resulted in cancellation of the spring open house and air show at the base, it has no effect on the F-35 program.

Lt. Col. Scott Fredrick, F-35 Division Chief in the F-35 integration office at Luke AFB, said the money was programmed a few years ago for construction of the facilities.

“So, all F-35 buildings are as programmed right now,” he said.

Fredrick said as he walks through the project, he sees “quite a few folks out there wearing hardhats,” and construction is right on schedule.

In fact, the first building, what is called Ops 1, the squadron building for pilots, should be up and operational in mid-October. Half of this structure is the building that housed the 62nd Fighter Squadron operations unit. It is 100 feet from the aircraft maintenance unit.

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