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Farewell to an Old Workhorse

By: Category: EventsFriendsPHXSpottingUncategorized

Without so much as a whimper, the last operational US Airways "West" Boeing 737 made its final journey home on ovember 29th.  The aircraft tasked with this assignment, N305AW, touched down in Phoenix, AZ at 1:31 pm, operating as "Cactus 48" from Las Vegas, NV. Among the passengers on the nearly-empty flight was a retired America West Airlines captain who had begun his career with the airline on the day it commenced operations on August 1st, 1983, as well as a small contingent of other employees and aviation enthusiasts.  After landing the flight was cleared into gate A5, where it was met by a group of pilots and other US personnel there to commemorate the unceremonious event, and as the engines spooled down, another chapter of America West Airlines history came to a close...Read More

Cactus Starfighter Luke Air Force Base 2010

By: Category: FriendsGlendaleLukeMilitary

Luke Air Force Base is home of the 56th Fighter Wing, the largest fighter wing in the world and the only active duty Air Force F-16 training wing. Luke has 138 aircraft, 24 squadrons, 4 tenant units and more then 6,000 military and civilian personnel.Luke trains all the F-16 crew chiefs and almost all the F-16 pilots for the US Air Force. More then 16,000 F-16 pilots have graduated from Luke since 1994. Since 1941 more the 56,000 pilots have graduated from Luke. The name of the exercise is Cactus Starfighter. Cactus Starfighter will focus on mission planning and coordination in addition to aerial maneuvers...Read More