F-35 Lightning II


Video: F-35 Mission at Luke Air Force Base

Posted on January 30, 2017 by Fighter Country

56th Fighter Wing’s video about the F-35 Mission at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Arizona.

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Luke Continues to Grow!

Posted on July 15, 2016 by Fighter Country

We’re so proud of Lockheed Martin and Team Luke’s ongoing accomplishments!

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Lt Col Michael “Jeb” Ebner completed his Fini-Flight at Luke AFB

Posted on June 25, 2015 by Fighter Country

Lt Col Michael "Jeb" Ebner, 61st FS completed his "Fini-Flight" at Luke AFBLt Col Michael “Jeb” Ebner completed another historic event at Luke AFB yesterday. The 61st Fighter Squadron Commander had his “Fini-Flight”. To welcome Lt Col Ebner back was a large group of Luke representatives to congratulate him for his time as the first F-35 Squadron Commander at Luke AFB.

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F-35 2014 End of Year Wrap-Up Video

Posted on January 20, 2015 by Fighter Country

2014 for the F-35 program was all about momentum, maturity and meeting milestones. The enterprise was expanded with maintenance and training depots stood up around the U.S. including our very own Luke Air Force Base.

Video courtesy of Lockheed Martin.

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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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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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