Luke AFB 2014
One of the first airshows of
the 2014 season was held at Luke AFB, after a year of defence cuts without some
decent airshows and the grounding of the Blue Angels and Thunderbirds, you could
see the people want airshows. Both teams are back in the air were they belong On
Sunday alone Luke had more than 205.000 visitors !!! I've been to many airshows
but this was one of busiest of all. Luke had a sup-prize for us: the first
airshow appearance of the F-35 Lightning, very nice. Overall it was a job well
done by the Luke team thanks.
Some information about Luke AFB from the official USAF site:
Luke Air Force Base is the largest fighter wing in the U.S. Air Force with 138
F-16s assigned. The host command at Luke is the 56th Fighter Wing, under Air
Education and Training Command.
The wing is composed of five groups (and the Range Management Office), 28
squadrons, including seven fighter squadrons. The 54th Fighter Group is located
at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., but is under operational control of the 56th
Fighter Wing commander at Luke AFB. There are several tenant units on base,
including the 944th Fighter Wing, assigned to 10th Air Force and the Air Force
Reserve. The base population includes about 4,830 military members and DoD
civilians. With about 70,000 retired military members living in greater Phoenix,
the base services a total population of nearly 80,000 people. Approximately 300
pilots train at Luke annually and proceed to combat assignments throughout the
world. The 56th Fighter Wing also trains more than 350 maintenance technicians
An integral part of Luke's F-16 fighter pilot training mission is the Barry M.
Goldwater Range. The range consists of 1.8 million acres of relatively
undisturbed Sonoran Desert southwest of Luke Air Force Base between Yuma and
Tucson south of Interstate 8. Overhead are 57,000 cubic miles of airspace where
pilots practice air-to-air maneuvers and engage simulated battlefield targets on
the ground. Roughly the size of Connecticut, the immense size of the complex
allows for simultaneous training activities on nine air-to-ground and two
air-to-air ranges. The Luke Air Force Base Range Management Office manages the
eastern range activities and Marine Corps Air Station Yuma oversees operations
on the western portion.
In addition to flying and maintaining the F-16, Luke Airmen also deploy to
support on-going operations in Afghanistan and to combatant commanders in other
locations around the world. In 2012, more than 370 Luke Airmen deployed.