Luke Air Force Base
Luke AFB is home to the 21st Fighter Squadron "GAMBLERS" who fly the F-16 Falcon Fighter Jet. The mission for the 21st FS is 'training the world's finest fighter pilots and maintenance technicians'.
*source* F-16 History
The early F-16 history of the 21st started in 1981 with the introduction of the new F-16s. The squadron was tasked with training pilots for PACAF and continued to do so until 1991, when it was tasked with the FAC role until disbandment in 1993.
Towards the end of 1996 a new squadron was being formed at Luke AFB. Empty hangers were refurbished and crew were pulled in from other units on base. The 21st FS draws perfect history at Luke AFB as in 1942 Chinese pilots trained in Arizona with many going back to China under the 21st FS 'Blackjacks'. Training was carried out in the P-40, P-47 and P-51 and the Chinese 21st FS became famous as one of the most successful squadrons during the war, unmatched in their aerial victories against the Japanese. By January of 1997 several F-16A/B block 20s had been delivered and the first training flights ensued, 55 years after training began for World War Two.
All the Taiwanese aircraft came from one large order of 150 F-16A/B block 20s. The program became known as Peace Fenghuang which is Chinese for 'Phoenix.' At first, twenty of these aircraft were made available, but the numbers have fluctuated over the years, mostly less aircraft for training.
Although flying what could be considered an older version of the F-16 it is more advanced then most other F-16s being flown from Luke AFB. As the first block 20 was only rolled off the production line at Fort Worth, Texas in July of 1996 these aircraft had not been tested like other blocks before going to an active training units. Two aircraft were sent to Edwards for testing w
** The 56th Mission Support Group provides premier support to the F-35 Lightning, the F-16 Fighting Falcon and all of Thunderbolt Nation. The Group supports the community, and delivers responsive combat support anytime, anywhere. The six squadrons of the group, over 1,800 members strong, perform critical installation management enabling the Air Forces largest fighter wing to keep flying high. The Group provides emergency response in the form of Security/Law Enforcement and fire Protection and serves more than 94,000 people including active duty, reserve, civilians, students, family and retirees. The base has approximately $2.8 billion in land, building and real property including 4,700 acres at Luke AFB and 87,000 acres at the Barry M. Goldwater range complex.
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