Luke Air Force Base
Luke Air Force Base is one of Arizona’s biggest training centers for fighter pilots in the United States. It was even named for a fight pilot, Lt. Frank Luke Jr. Lt. Luke Jr. was a member of the 56th Fighter Wing in 1941 and is widely considered of our first ace fighter pilots, which makes him the perfect namesake for the services the base currently provides to the United States’ Air Force.
Luke AFB, which is just outside Phoenix and Glendale, AZ, is home to the one of the largest Air Force Training facilities and to this day is still operated by the 56th Fighter Wing of the Air Force. The fighting 56th trains pilots to be prepared for combat situations and routinely graduates 500 pilots every year and over 700 flight technicians and ground technicians during that same year. (that’s 1,200 new techs and pilots each year!)
The Base has not always had such great fortunes, during WWII this base was probably the most important to the war effort by turning out over 12, 000 pilots each year and the connection to why the war was won is obvious. Shortly after World War II, the number of pilots graduating dropped to under 300, and in the mid-1940’s the base was shut down by the US Government. When the Korean war began the United States Govt. breathed life back into Luke Air Force Base, by reopening it and allowing them to grow and in the 1980’s they became the training ground for the F-16 (popularized by the movie Top Gun) and not only that in 2014 Luke AFB became the training ground for pilots who would be flying the new F-35 Lightning II.
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