Luke AFB 2014 Airshow

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 each year.

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.

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Tornado

F-15E Eagle

F-35A Lightling

F-22 Raptor

HH-65 Dauphin

MV-22B Osprey

F-16D Block 52 Fighting Falcon

F-16D Block 52 Fighting Falcon

F-18B Hornet

F-18B Hornet

F-15E Eagle

F-15E Eagle

F-16D Block 52 Fighting Falcon

F-16D Block 52 Fighting Falcon

F-16C Fighting Falcon

MQ-1 Predator

F-22 Raptor

F-22 Raptor

F-35A Lightling

F-35A Lightling

F-35A Lightling

F-35A Lightling

F-35A Lightling

F-22 Raptor

Boeing B-17 Sentimental Journey
North American B-25 Maid in the Shade

KC-10 Extender

North American B-25 Maid in the Shade

C-130J "Super" Hercules

KC-135 Stratotanker

C-17 Globemaster III

MV-22B Osprey

MV-22B Osprey

C-17 Globemaster III

C-17 Globemaster III

C-17 Globemaster III

MV-22B Osprey

Yak

Lockheed T-33

Lockheed T-33

Lockheed T-33

Matt Chapman Air Shows

Matt Chapman Air Shows

Wings of Blue

Wings of Blue

Wings of Blue

P-51 Mustangs

P-51 Mustangs

P-51C Mustang

P-51C Mustang

P-51C Mustang  

P-51C Mustang  

P-51C Mustang

P-51C Mustang  

P-51C Mustang

F-86 Sabre

F-86 Sabre

F-35A Lightling

F-35A Lightling

F-16C Fighting Falcon

F-16C Fighting Falcon

F-16C Fighting Falcon

F-16C Fighting Falcon

F-16C Fighting Falcon

F-35 & P-38

F-35 & P-38

F-35 & P-38

F-35A Lightling

F-35 & P-38

F-35 & F-16

F-35 & F-16

F-35 & F-16

F-35A Lightling

F-35A Lightling

F-35A Lightling

P-38 & F-86 & F-16

P-38 & F-86 & F-16

P-38 & F-86 & F-16

P-38 & F-16

P-38 & F-86 & F-16

P-38 & F-86 & F-16

P-38 & F-16

F-86 Sabre

F-86 Sabre

P-38 Lightning

P-38 Lightning

F-86 Sabre

F-16C Fighting Falcon

F-35A Lightling

F-35A Lightling

F-35A Lightling

F-35A Lightling

F-35A Lightling

MV-22B Osprey

MV-22B Osprey

F-16C Fighting Falcon

F-16C Fighting Falcon

F-16C Fighting Falcon

F-16C Fighting Falcon

F-16C Fighting Falcon

F-16C Fighting Falcon

F-16C Fighting Falcon

F-16C Fighting Falcon

USAF Thunderbirds

USAF Thunderbirds

USAF Thunderbirds

USAF Thunderbirds  

     

USAF Thunderbirds  

USAF Thunderbirds

USAF Thunderbirds

USAF Thunderbirds

USAF Thunderbirds

USAF Thunderbirds

 

USAF Thunderbirds

USAF Thunderbirds

USAF Thunderbirds

USAF Thunderbirds

USAF Thunderbirds

 

USAF Thunderbirds

USAF Thunderbirds

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