The 50th TFW's growing list of accomplishments and recognition continued into 1985. The wing received notice of its selection for an Air Force Outstanding Unit Award for the period July 1, 1982 through June 30, 1984.
U.S. Air Forces in Europe announced in late 1978 that the 50th Tactical Fighter Wing would test and then field the new F-16A Fighting Falcon.
To an outsider, it may have looked like a typical briefing -- military members gathered around a table discussing ideas while viewing a presentation describing the maintenance and operational side of Luke AFB. But this brief was anything but typical.
When operational test pilots of the 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron break something in an airborne fighter jet, it's a good day.
Syracuse-based New York Air National Guard fighters and ground crew will play the opposing force against the Air Force's most modern fighter, the F-22 Raptor, during the Red Flag exercise held in Nevada, March 21 - April 5.
Pilots from the 14th Fighter Squadron flew their F-16 Fighting Falcons to Misawa Air Base Feb. 27 after a five-month deployment to Joint Base Balad, Iraq.
The 13th Fighter Squadron, grounded by heavy snow at Misawa Air Base in Japan over the weekend, began pulling out early Monday for a six-month deployment in South Korea.
The 22nd FS Stingers began their air and space expeditionary force rotation spin-up in earnest in January when they set off with 16 jets, 35 pilots and more than 250 52nd FW Sabers to the "Home of the Fighter Pilot," Nellis AFB.
As Saddam Hussein refused to comply with United Nations Security Council resolutions to remove his military forces from Kuwait by Jan. 16, 1991, the 50th TFW deployed to Saudi Arabia to join coalition forces gathering to enforce security council resolutions.
The 416th Flight Test Squadron "Skulls" conquered the vast bombing and gunnery ranges of Nellis AFB, as they participated in Red Flag 09-2 from Jan. 26 to Feb. 6, marking the first time an Air Force Materiel Command unit has ever deployed and participated in the exercise.
The U.S. Air Force is scheduled to temporarily deploy approximately 14 F-16s from 13 FS to the Republic of Korea later this month for approximately six months.
During a formal ceremony 25 years ago last week, the 419th Tactical Fighter Wing accepted the Air Force Reserve's first F-16 aircraft.
Ten F-16 Aggressors from the 18th Aggressor Squadron at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, arrived at Andersen Air Force Base Guam, Jan.31, to participate in Cope North 09-1.
Today, the 308th Fighter Squadron graduates Class 08-GBG, adding eight new F-16 pilots to the Air Force. Their graduation ceremony is a culmination of nine long months of training in the world's greatest fighter.
One of Luke's eight fighter squadrons was recognized this week as the top fighter squadron in all of Air Education and Training Command.