- Lower operating costs
- Increase operational capability
- Enhance mission flexibility
Luke pilot selected to fly F-35
56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
January 17, 2014
Flying is a concept that captures the imagination of some people at a very young age; hence the success of characters like Peter Pan, Superman and even a flying house in the 2009 movie "Up."
Few get to realize that dream, but Capt. Joshua Arki, 61st Fighter Squadron instructor pilot and chief of weapons and tactics, realized his dream by first mastering flight in an F-16 Fighting Falcon and has now been selected as the first Luke Air Force Base F-16 pilot to transition to the F-35 Lightening II joint strike fighter, scheduled to arrive at Luke early this year.
Outgoing General: US Army Must Continue To Fund Research and Development
January 14, 2014
The outgoing head of US Army Aviation is as comfortable as one can be with the direction that his service’s investments are heading.
Maj. Gen. William Crosby is wrapping up his five years as the Army’s Program Executive Officer Aviation at the end of this month, and retiring from the Army, but he held his last press conference at the AUSA Army Aviation symposium on Jan. 14 in northern Virginia.
Fuel-Efficient Engine to Increase Range, Power of Army Helicopters
During the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, Black Hawk helicopters were regularly flown at higher altitudes and in hotter temperatures than their engines were designed to withstand. With underpowered engines in those conditions, each helicopter could only carry five soldiers at a time — about half of an 11-person squad.
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