Random postcards from a National Guard Blackhawk crew chief.
Thursday, September 04, 2014
F-35 turning crosswind for Luke AFB
I finally managed to catch one of the new F-35's out of Luke AFB today. According to the PAO they're now up to 7 aircraft and have just recently passed 100 sorties. They are a bit louder - they really do remind me of the old J-57 engines, but I don't find them to be any better or worse than the F-16. Of course I grew up around tactical aviation so some of the neighbors may disagree. Lately they've been taking off and landing to the south which is a bit unusual for Luke. I usually get the best look at them as they return from Gila Bend for runway 03L/R.