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Luke Air Force Base

Glendale is proud to be the home of Luke Air Force Base!

Air Force emblemLuke Air Force Base’s 56th Fighter Wing is the largest in the U.S. Air Force with 26 squadrons and more than 190 F-16 aircraft. As part of the Air Education and Training Command, Luke AFB graduates more than 1,000 F-16 pilots and 900 crew chiefs annually.

Luke's Mission: Train the world's greatest F-16 fighter pilots and maintainers, while deploying mission ready warfighters.

Thunderbirds at Luke DaysOfficial Luke Air Force Base website

The History of Luke AFB

The city of Phoenix bought 1,440 acres of land which they leased to the government at $1 a year effective March 24, 1941. On March 29, 1941, the Del. E. Webb Construction Co. began excavation for the first building at what was know then as Litchfield Park Air Base. The base was actually deactivated in 1946, but then reactivated in 1951 due to the Korean War. Read the full history of Luke AFB.

Luke Days Annual Open House

Luke DaysEach spring, the public gets a chance to visit the base and see an incredible air show at Luke Days. There are also aircraft and ground displays, exhibits, and attractions for all to enjoy in a two fun-filled days. What is NOT allowed on base — smoking, backpacks, coolers and pets. Be sure to wear sunscreen, sunglasses, hearing protection, hat, and comfortable walking shoes.




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