Welcome to Luke Air Force Base
Welcome to Luke Air Force Base, where we take pride in training the world’s greatest F-35 and F-16 fighter pilots while deploying mission-ready warfighters.
Located in Glendale, Arizona, just west of Phoenix, Luke Air Force Base is home to the 56th Fighter Wing, the largest fighter wing in the Air Force and the only active-duty F-16 training wing. Each year, the base trains more than 280 active-duty, Guard and Reserve F-16 pilots and more than 345 maintenance crew chiefs. The F-35 mission ramped up May 21st, 2015, when the first class began. Nearly every organization on base either directly or indirectly supports F-35 and F-16 Fighting Falcon operations.
In turn, we take pride in providing outstanding support for the more than 5,500 military and civilian employees on base, as well as approximately 6,700 family members and 65,000 military retirees who live in the Phoenix area. We are especially pleased to welcome you, as a base newcomer, to the Luke team. Luke has established an enviable training record throughout its extensive history. During World War II, it was the largest fighter training base in the Army Air Force, graduating more than 17,000 fighter pilots from advanced and operational courses. In fact, since 1941, Luke Air Force Base has graduated more than 56,000 pilots.
The base began its F-16 fighter pilot training program in February 1983 and has trained more than 16,900 Fighting Falcon pilots and 10,000 F-16 crew chiefs since that time.