Posted on November 14, 2013 by Fighter Country
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.
Posted on July 24, 2013 by Fighter Country
We 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!
Posted on June 27, 2013 by Fighter Country
GLENDALE, 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.
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…
Posted on June 19, 2013 by Fighter Country
Sequestration 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.
Posted on June 18, 2013 by Fighter Country
F-35 contractor Lockheed Martin has been experiencing the same constraints on its budget as others in the industry. March 8, Lockheed Martin issued the following statement regarding sequestration uncertainty: “We deeply regret the effect that sequestration is having on our dedicated and hard-working employees. For more than 100 years, our highly talented people have designed and built state-of-the art systems that deliver next generation technology vital to our nation’s security and to the world. “While we await more specific direction from our government customers, we are concerned with the lack of progress toward a solution to reverse the negative impacts…
Posted on March 24, 2013 by Fighter Country
F-35 development, flight testing, manufacturing Development updates F-35B first flight successfully completed on June 11, 2008 USAF Lt. Col. James Kromberg becomes first military pilot to fly F-35 on Jan. 30, 2008 All three variants have successfully completed Critical Design Review. Final Block 3 software capabilities defined. F-35 AA-1 flight testing Forty-three flights completed as of May 29, 2008. In-flight refueling system qualifications complete. Flight Test Update 3.0 installation complete. First military pilot to fly the F-35 (Jan. 30) described handling as “phenomenal.” Speed of Mach 0.9 achieved on Jan. 10, 2008 Ascent to 38,000 feet on May 3, 2007 Helmet-Mounted…
Posted on March 24, 2013 by Fighter Country
Following an intense four-year competition, the U.S. Department of Defense on 26 October 2001, named the Lockheed Martin lead Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) team as the winner of the contract to develop the F-35 Lightning II. The F-35 team immediately entered the program’s 10-year System Development and Demonstration (SDD) phase. The SDD period involves the development and testing of the entire aircraft system, including its manufacture. During SDD, the team will build a total of 22 test aircraft. Fourteen will undergo flight-testing, seven will be used for non-airborne test activities, and one will be used to evaluate the F-35’s radar…
Posted on August 6, 2012 by Fighter Country
WE DID IT – THANKS TO ALL OF YOU WHO SUPPORTED LUKE FORWARD!!!
GLENDALE, Ariz. – After spending nearly three years building regional and statewide community support for the new F-35 mission at Luke Air Force Base, Luke Forward officials are thrilled with today’s announcement from the Department of Defense that the Glendale base will serve as the Air Force’s new F-35 training center.
The Air Force’s decision to station 72 F-35s for the training of both U.S. and foreign pilots, with the potential to add more F-35 squadrons in the near future, reaffirms an ongoing commitment by the Air Force to the long-term viability of Luke AFB.
Posted on August 2, 2012 by Fighter Country
Ron Sites discusses how Fighter Country Partnership helped to get the F-35 to Luke.
Video courtesy of CBS 5 – KPHO