Additional F-35s coming to Luke AFB 16 Jul 2013 by Capt. Tristan Hinderliter 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
"7/16/2013 - LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. (AFNS) -- Air Force officials announced June 27 that Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., has been chosen as the location for 72 additional F-35A Lightning IIs, bringing the eventual total number of the fifth-generation fighters expected here to 144.
The Air Force's initial decision to establish an F-35 pilot training center here was announced in August 2012, following a three-year process that included an extensive environmental impact analysis....
...Aircraft are expected to begin arriving at Luke AFB in spring 2014, although exact timing will depend on production schedules. Construction on base to prepare for the aircraft is currently underway, with about $10 million of $57 million in projects already completed.
The 2012 Record of Decision cited several reasons why Luke AFB was the service's top choice for F-35A basing, including facility and ramp capacity, range access, weather and capacity for future growth....
...In addition to training U.S. pilots, Luke will also serve as an F-35A International Partner Training site."
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