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F-35 Lightning IIs take flight at Luke AFB

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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.

The Air Force hopes they will become the premier strike aircraft to be used in combat.

There will eventually be 144 F-35s assigned to Luke for a total of six squadrons.  The goal is to phase out the aging F-16s and A-10s.
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