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  • F-15 Eagle

    Mission The F-15 Eagle is an all-weather, extremely maneuverable, tactical fighter designed to permit the Air Force to gain and maintain air supremacy over the battlefield. Features The Eagle's air superiority is achieved through a mixture of unprecedented maneuverability and acceleration, range, weapons and avionics. It can penetrate enemy defense
  • A-10 Thunderbolt II

    MissionThe A-10 Thunderbolt II has excellent maneuverability at low air speeds and altitude, and is a highly accurate and survivable weapons-delivery platform. The aircraft can loiter near battle areas for extended periods of time and operate in low ceiling and visibility conditions. The wide combat radius and short takeoff and landing capability
  • F-35A Lightning II

    MissionThe F-35A is the U.S. Air Force’s latest fifth-generation fighter. It will replace the U.S. Air Force’s aging fleet of F-16 Fighting Falcons and A-10 Thunderbolt II’s, which have been the primary fighter aircraft for more than 20 years, and bring with it an enhanced capability to survive in the advanced threat environment in which it was
  • 944th Fighter Wing

    944th Fighter Wing Luke AFB, Arizona   Unit Mission Forging combat Airmen to fly, fight, and win.   Unit Vision Provide mission-ready Reserve Citizen Airmen, anytime, anywhere.   List of Assigned Organizations The 944th includes five groups, 14 squadrons, two Detachments, and four geographically separated units. The groups are the 944th Operations
  • Luke Air Force Base - Today

    Luke - A Broad OverviewLuke Air Force Base is home to the active duty 56th Fighter Wing and the U.S. Air Force Reserve's 944th Fighter Wing. Luke is the largest and only active-duty F-16 training base in the world with more than 138 F-16s assigned.The 56th Fighter Wing, Luke's host unit, is composed of four groups, 24 squadrons, including seven
  • Luke Air Force Base - Lt. Frank Luke, Jr.

    For several months, the grave was marked with a wooden cross that read, "Unknown American Aviator." To the French people of Murvaux, France, who were eyewitnesses to his last flight, and who buried him with what honors the Germans would permit, this unknown was the hero of the war. These bits of evidence from various sources, when pieced together
  • Luke Air Force Base - History

    Luke Air Force Base is named for the first aviator to receive the Medal of Honor- Lt. Frank Luke Jr. Born in Phoenix in 1897, the "Arizona Balloon Buster" scored 18 aerial victories during World War I (14 of these German observation balloons) in the skies over France before being killed, at age 21, on Sept. 29, 1918. In 1940, the U.S. Army sent a
  • Barry M. Goldwater Range

    The Barry M. Goldwater Complex is a vast training range for U.S. and allied pilots. The range consists of 1.9 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
  • F-16 Fighting Falcon

    Mission The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a compact, multi-role fighter aircraft. It is highly maneuverable and has proven itself in air-to-air combat and air-to-surface attack. It provides a relatively low-cost, high-performance weapon system for the United States and allied nations. Features In an air combat role, the F-16's maneuverability and combat
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