About Luke AFB, AZ
Luke Air Force Base is only a few miles west of Glendale, Arizona. Currently, this base trains pilots in F-16 Fighting Falcons. The population of the base is 7,500 military members and 15,000 family members at this moment.
The United States Army scouted the Arizona area in 1940 to find a good place to train aviators. Later, Phoenix authorities bought 1,440 acres and leased them to the U.S. Government for $1 a year. Authorities named this base after Second Lieutenant Frank Luke, a legendary fighter pilot in World War I. After eighteen aerial victories, Luke was shot down over France in 1918.
During World War II, about 12,000 fighter pilots were trained at this base. In more recent times, this base sent over 900 airmen to Iraq as a part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. This air base continues to send F-16 fighters over to Afghanistan and Iraq on command.