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First F-35 arrives at Arizona’s Luke Air Force Base

GLENDALE, Ariz. — 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
II 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

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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