Friday, October 24th, 2014

F-35 Fighter Jet Arrives At Luke Air Force Base

The first F-35 fighter jet has arrived at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale. About 250 base personnel, family members and contractors watched the Lightning-Two stealth jet land at Luke on Monday. Another 143 of the supersonic jets are expected to be assigned to the base during the next decade. Luke officials expect additional F-35s to arrive a couple of times a month until the base has six squadrons of 24 planes each. They anticipate receiving about 15 more of the jets during the rest of this year. The base located 15-miles west of Phoenix is projected to become the Air Force's primary F-35 pilot training base. Most of the F-16s currently at Luke will be reassigned to New Mexico's Holloman Air Force Base as F-35s arrive.

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