17 March 2014
The first Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) F-35 Lightning II assigned to the 56th Fighter Wing was officially delivered during a ceremony attended by dignitaries and hundreds of local civic leaders, wing military and civilian members last week.
The F-35A Conventional Takeoff and Landing variant, known as LF 5030, is the first of 144 F-35As scheduled for delivery to the base.
“The F-35 Lightning II represents the future of tactical aviation for the United States and our allies,” said US Air Force Gen. Robin Rand.
In 2015, Luke AFB will begin training US Air Force pilots and eventually international pilots destined for deployment to combat units around the world. Luke AFB is the second base flying F-35s in Arizona after the stand-up of Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, in 2012.
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