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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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F-35A AF-41 “The 100th” 5th Gen JSF Video Short

Posted on January 28, 2014 by Fighter Country

Video short about the 100th F-35, AF-41 including comments by General Robin Rand, Commander AETC, Lorraine Martin EVP & GM of the F-35 Program, Orlando Carvalho, EVP Aeronautics at Lockheed Martin and Brigadier General Michael Rothstein, Commander, 56th Fighter Wing.

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AF-41, Lockheed-Martin’s 100th F-35 destined for Luke AFB

Posted on January 15, 2014 by Fighter Country

Below is an excellent video highlighting AF-41, Lockheed-Martin’s 100th F-35 destined for Luke AFB. Learn more about building the 100th F-35 here.

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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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Lockheed Martin experience mirrors uncertainty elsewhere regarding sequestration

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…

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WESTMARC hails Luke Forward for F-35 efforts

Posted on November 6, 2012 by Fighter Country

Luke Forward received the Special 20th Anniversary Best of the West award Thursday night at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel as WESTMARC celebrated its 20th annual awards presentation. Co-chairs, retiring Glendale Mayor Elaine Scruggs and Charley Freericks, president of DMB, accepted the award on behalf of all those involved with the Luke Forward campaign, including the cities of El Mirage, Surprise, Peoria, Youngtown, Tolleson, Litchfield Park, Goodyear and Avondale. Luke Forward helped secure that Luke Air Force Base would serve as the Air Force’s new F-35 training center. It was Scruggs’ idea was to make Luke Forward a “grassroots campaign.” El…

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Luke Forward gets top Best of West award

Posted on November 2, 2012 by Fighter Country

F-35 showing off weapons bay under a deep blue sky Luke Forward received Westmarc’s Special 20th Anniversary Best of the West Award for championing one of the West Valley’s biggest accomplishments — Luke Air Force Base landing the F-35 training center.

The region’s biggest awards were given during a banquet Thursday at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel attended by about 500. Westmarc, a coalition of business, government, education and community-group leaders that lobbies on behalf of the West Valley, launched the awards program two decades ago to promote outstanding contributions to the West Valley.

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Luke Preparing for F-35

Posted on October 9, 2012 by Fighter Country

By CAROLYN DRYER The weather was just one factor in the selection of Luke Air Force Base by the Department of Defense as a training center for the fifth-generation fighter jet, the F-35 Lightning II. The Department of Defense released its Record of Decision and Wednesday afternoon, Air Force Secretary Michael Donley announced Luke had been chosen. The base will receive 72 aircraft for a total of three fighter squadrons. Luke AFB met with the media at a last-minute press conference Wednesday. Col. Robert Webb, Vice Commander, 56th Fighter Wing, and Rusty Mitchell, Director of Community Initiatives at Luke, stood…

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USAF Selects Luke AFB as F-35 Training Site

Posted on August 6, 2012 by Fighter Country


F-35A 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.

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