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New DoD report confirms Luke AFB as USAF’s top choice for F-35 training center

Posted on June 13, 2012 by Fighter Country

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GLENDALE, Ariz. – Luke Air Force Base remains the Air Force’s preferred location for its new F-35A training center, according to a final environmental report released this week by the Department of Defense.

The 1,000-page report, referred to as the final environmental impact statement (EIS), provides an in-depth analysis on the environmental and operational aspects on the proposed basing of the
F-35A training center at Luke, as well as at three other alternative basing locations being studied.

The final EIS report paves the way for up to six squadrons – totaling 144 aircraft – of the new fighter jets being stationed at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale that are scheduled to begin arriving at Luke in late 2013.

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First F-35A open house is a big one

Posted on April 4, 2012 by Fighter Country

The Wigwam Resort is a big place, and it was just right for the first of four open houses being held in Arizona by the U.S. Air Force for comments on its environmental impact study of the F-35A training basing at Luke Air Force Base. Luke is the USAF’s preferred alternative to base the pilot training center with 72 F-35A aircraft. However, as stated throughout the open house, no decisions regarding the proposal will be made until after the environmental impact analysis process is complete. There are other military installations under consideration for the training basing: Holloman Air Force Base…

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Legislature unanimously passes bill supporting F-35 training at Luke

Posted on March 28, 2012 by Fighter Country

A resolution sponsored by Representative Debbie Lesko (R – Dist. 9), received unanimous approval in the Arizona House and Senate. The Resolution was drafted to express the full support of the Legislature for the implementation of the F-35 Lightning II training mission at Luke Air force Base and the Barry M. Goldwater Gunnery Range. Key language of the resolution states: The F-35 Lightning II is critical to the future defense of the United States, and Luke Air Force Base, with its superb flying weather and outstanding facilities and infrastructure, is the right choice to train Air Force pilots in this…

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F-35A Takes Flight at Eglin AFB

Posted on March 15, 2012 by Fighter Country


Video courtesy of Lockheed Martin

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DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL STUDY RELEASED TODAY FOR F-35 AT LUKE AFB

Posted on January 20, 2012 by Fighter Country

6 ship F-35 static display at Edwards AFB courtesy of Lockheed Martin

The long awaited draft EIS was announced today which sets in motion the process for determining the likelihood of stationing up to 6 squadrons of F-35′s at Luke AFB. The F-35A is the Air Force’s variant of the Joint Strike Fighter, which will replace the F-16 Falcon, F-15 Eagle and the A-10 Thunderbolt as the military’s new multi-role fighter…

Key Dates to Remember:

  • January 20, 2012 - Public release of the F-35A Training Draft EIS
  • January 20, 2012 – March 14, 2012  -   Public hearings for Luke AFB, Arizona
  • February 13-16, 2012 - Public comment period for F-35A Training Draft EIS closes
  • Summer 2012 - Release of Final F-35A Training EIS
  • Summer 2012 - Issuance of USAF F-35A Training EIS Record of Decision

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Luke Forward F-35 Mission Update

Posted on October 31, 2011 by Fighter Country

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F-35 Mission Update: The United States Air Force issued the following revised schedule for the release of F-35 Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). As indicated in the news release, the draft EIS has been deferred to December 2011/January 2012. The public comment period will follow the release of the draft EIS by 30-45 days. It is expected that the Record of Decision will likely come in Summer 2012. Thank you for your continued support of the F-35 Mission and Luke AFB.

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Air Force delivers first F-35

Posted on October 18, 2011 by Fighter Country

The first Air Force F-35 Lighting II joint strike fighter arrived at Eglin Air Force Base July 14, marking a major milestone in our nation’s military history. “It’s an exciting day here at the wing, where our joint and integrated team has been preparing for this day since October 2009,” Col. Andrew Toth, 33rd Fighter wing commander. “I have no doubt the caliber of the Airmen, Sailors, Marines and contractors will provide safe and effective training operations at Eglin. Now we look forward to the start of classes later this year.” The military’s first F-35 pilots ferried the joint strike…

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F-35 DEIS Update from Luke Forward

Posted on May 20, 2011 by Fighter Country

Luke Forward | May 19, 2011 – The United States Air Force announced this week that the release of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the F-35 active duty training mission at Luke AFB has been delayed until the fall. While this is not welcome news, Luke AFB remains well positioned to achieve our desired objective of securing the F-35 mission.

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USAF purchase commitment of 1,763 F-35 units still strong

Posted on February 15, 2011 by Fighter Country

WASHINGTON, Feb 15 (Reuters) – The Pentagon on Tuesday said it remains committed to buying a total of 2,443 Lockheed Martin Corp (NYSE:LMT) F-35 fighter jets despite a major restructuring that postponed production of 124 airplanes until after 2016. “We have not changed our inventory objective,” U.S. Navy Vice Admiral David Venlet told industry executives at his first public appearance since taking over as program manager of the Pentagon’s largest acquisition program last May. Venlet said the Air Force still planned to buy 1,763 of the stealthy new fighter jets, and the Navy planned to buy 680 for the Navy…

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F-35 training a step closer to flight at Luke

Posted on August 6, 2010 by Fighter Country

By Elizabeth Jackman from Glendale Star on Aug. 6, 2010 Valley leaders reacted last week with excitement to an announcement by Sen. John McCain that the Department of Air Force has selected Luke Air Force Base as its preferred training base for stationing of the F-35 Lightning II (Joint Strike Fighter). “The Air Force has recognized that the unparalleled capabilities inherent to Arizona – from the Barry M. Goldwater Range, to great flying weather, and strong support from state and local governments and communities, serve to provide the best environment and the finest quality of life for our military personnel…

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