F-35 training starts at Luke AFB

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Unread post08 May 2014, 13:38

F-35 Lightning IIs take flight at Luke AFB
May 08, 2014 12:02 AM

GLENDALE, Ariz. - The new F-35 pilot training program at Luke Air Force Base got underway in Glendale with the Lightning IIs and their pilots taking the very first training missions this week.

The planes, which are fifth generation fighter aircraft, arrived at Luke AFB back in March.

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Unread post11 Jul 2014, 03:27

A 'training' section of this F-35 forum would be good eh?
New F-35 pilots might get to skip training in F-16s
[size=85]10 Jul 2014 Marcus Weisgerber[/b]

"EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, FLA. — New Air Force pilots might not have to fly F-16 jets before transitioning from T-38 trainers to the F-35 joint strike fighter.

While plans have not been finalized, officials are hoping pilots will be able to transition from two-seat T-38 Talon trainers directly into the single-seat F-35 thanks to more advanced simulators.

“We hope not,” Lt. Col. Eric Smith, 33rd Fighter Wing operational support squadron commander, said in a meeting with reporters when asked if new F-35 pilot would need to fly two-seat F-16s, much like they do before they fly single-seat F-22s.

“Right now, the full mission simulator has the capability to train a guy on air refueling, which is one of the reasons that they did that in the F-22,” he said.

The Air Force has in the past made new pilots fly F-16s for a number of check flights before transitioning to the single-seat F-22 Raptor. This is because the Raptor is a much more high performance fighter than the T-38 Talon jet trainer.

All new Air Force F-35 pilots have previous experience flying F-15 Eagles, F-16s or A-10 Warthogs. A new pilot without previous fighter experience probably will not go through F-35 training until 2017 or 2018...."

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Unread post19 Mar 2015, 16:34

Luke 1 flies first ‘student’ F-35 sortie

3/19/2015 - LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. -- The 56th Fighter Wing officially began training new F-35 pilots today when the first student, Brigadier General Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, flew the wing's first training sortie...

http://www.luke.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123442265
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Unread post20 Mar 2015, 07:11

Brigadier General Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, 19 Mar 2015 LUKE AFB

http://www.luke.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123442265
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Unread post17 Apr 2015, 23:07

Luke conducts first F-35 training deployment

4/17/2015 - LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, AZ -- The 56th Fighter Wing performed the first F-35 training deployment from Luke Air Force Base April 4 through 18, sending 10 aircraft to Nellis AFB, Nevada, for two weeks to see how well the team could conduct operations elsewhere.

The 10 aircraft comprise half of Luke's current fleet of F-35 Lightning IIs.

"Operating away from Luke has been a huge success for the wing, Team Nellis and the F-35 program in general," said Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander. "We are learning lessons that will be hugely important for our pilots and maintainers across the F-35 program."

Learning whether or not a team of F-35s can operate on the road is important as the Air Force looks to reach Initial Operational Capability during the fall of 2016. To reach IOC, a squadron must have 12 or more aircraft and Airmen trained and equipped to conduct basic interdiction, close air support and limited suppression and destruction of enemy air defense operations in a contested environment.

"Though Luke is a training base, we will continue to push the training here to be as close to the operational side as we can," Pleus said. "This helps us learn to be more efficient, which will set future operational bases up for success."

Luke's 56th FW will provide the training and cadre of pilots and maintainers to fill operational bases around the world.

"The objective of this event was to integrate F-35 pilots from Nellis, Eglin and Luke Air Force Bases and operate on the Nevada Test and Training Range, while executing off-station maintenance operations," said Lt. Col. Michael Ebner, 61st Fighter Squadron commander. "The lessons learned by pilots and maintainers will lay the foundation for future training and deployment operations. The entire squadron understood the significance of this event and stepped up to the challenges that presented themselves."

The scope of the deployment was unprecedented for the Lightning II.

"Until now, the Air Force F-35 program had not moved this many jets and conducted sustained operations at another base," Ebner said. "Nellis AFB was the perfect place to test this operation. Our maintainers fixed aircraft and generated sorties without any F-35 deployment templates. The pilots integrated and discussed tactics with not only other F-35 pilots, but also with pilots from other platforms such as the F-22 and F-16."

The wing's 61st Fighter Squadron received its first F-35 in March of 2014 and flew its 1,000th sortie last month. In as soon as 18 months, pilots and maintainers from that unit may be some of the first Airmen to fly operational sorties in combat around the world in the F-35A...

The 61st FS now has 20 F-35s assigned, two of which belong to the Royal Australian Air Force, an F-35 pilot training partner nation. Italy and Norway are scheduled to join the Glendale, Arizona, base later this year. By 2024, Luke is expected to have six F-35 squadrons with 144 jets and will train pilots and maintainers from 11 countries.

Valley media outlets interested in more information may contact Capt. Ryan DeCamp at (623) 856-7033.

http://www.luke.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123445464

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