Preserved Aircraft on Luke AFB taken during TITD 2009

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fu-323In 1940, the U.S. Army sent a representative to Arizona to choose a site for an Army Air Corps training field for advanced training in conventional fighter aircraft. The city of Phoenix bought 1,440 acres (5.8 km2) of land which they leased to the government at $1 a year effective March 24, 1941. On March 29, 1941, the Del. E. Webb Construction Co. began excavation for the first building at what was known then as Litchfield Park Air Base. Another base known as Luke Field, in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, released its name so the Arizona base could be called Luke Field. Advanced flight training in the AT-6 began at Luke in June that same year. The first class of 45 students, Class 41 F, arrived June 6, 1941 to begin advanced flight training in the AT-6, although only a few essential buildings had been completed. Flying out of Sky Harbor Airport until the Luke runways were ready, pilots received 10 weeks of instruction and the first class graduated August 15, 1941. Capt. Barry Goldwater served as director of ground training the following year. During World War II, Luke was the largest fighter training base in the Air Corps, graduating more than 12,000 fighter pilots from advanced and operational courses in the AT-6, P-40, P-51 and P-38, earning the nickname, “Home of the Fighter Pilot.” By February 7, 1944, pilots at Luke had achieved a million hours of flying time. By 1946, however, the number of pilots trained dropped to 299 and the base was deactivated November 30 that year.

4 comments to Preserved Aircraft on Luke AFB taken during TITD 2009

  • KattyBlackyard  says:

    I really like your post. Does it copyright protected?

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  • Vance Lessard  says:

    Joe

    I attempted to send you an update/revision to the logo concept, but your Yahoo spam filter rejected it and then started rejecting all of my mail attempts. Is there another way to email you?

    Vance

  • Vance Lessard  says:

    Great photos and the Fighter Sweep mpg was awesome. I saw a version of it at AFCEA West in San Diego earlier this year and have been looking for it ever since.

    Vance (aka wingsnstuff)

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