Luke Air Force Base
Glendale is proud to be the home of Luke Air Force Base!
Official Luke Air Force Base website
Luke Air Force Base is the largest fighter wing in the U.S. Air Force with 138 F-16s assigned. The host command at Luke is the 56th Fighter Wing, under Air Education and Training Command.
The base population includes about 4,830 military members and DoD civilians. Approximately 300 pilots train at Luke annually and proceed to combat assignments throughout the world. The 56th Fighter Wing also trains more than 350 maintenance technicians each year. Source
Luke's Mission: Train the world's greatest F-16 fighter pilots and maintainers, while deploying mission ready warfighters.
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
Each 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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