Luke Air Force Base

Pilot and Maintenance Training

In May 2015, Luke Air Force Base's 56th Fighter Wing conducted a change of mission ceremony, officially including the F-35 in the wing's mission statement: "To train the world's greatest F-35 and F-16 fighter pilots."

F-35 pilot training began at Luke just over a year after the 56th Fighter Wing received its first F-35A in 2014. There are currently more than 50 F-35As flying at Luke, representing just a portion of the eventual complete squadron of 144 jets. Pilots and maintainers from Australia, Norway, Italy, the Netherlands, and Israel are at various training stages at Luke. 

It is the second base flying F-35s in Arizona after the stand-up of Marine Corps Air Station Yuma.

Visit the Luke AFB website.