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F-35s engulfed by a sand storm at Luke Air Force Base

An F-35 is secured by personnel at Luke AFB.
An F-35 is secured by personnel at Luke AFB.

Article Source: The Aviationist

Take A Look At These Photos Of Luke Air Force Base F-35s Engulfed By Sand Storm

Fast-moving dust storms, able to darken large areas in a very short time, regularly hit Arizona quite regularly.

As happened yesterday, when a monsoon hit Luke AFB, about 15 miles west of Phoenix, Arizona, home of the 56th Fighter Wing, the largest fighter wing in the U.S. Air Force.

Besides some 77 F-16s, Luke is home to 68 F-35s: the base is the training hub for Lightning II’s pilot and maintainers from Australia, Norway, Italy, the Netherlands, Japan and Israel.

The images in this post, first published by the 56th FW on their FB page, show Luke and its F-35s engulfed in dust: a pretty unique sight.

The sandstorm provided an opportunity for 56th FW’s maintainers, airmen, and partners from LM and partner nations to cope with a phenomenon the 5th generation aircraft might find one day in the theater.

F-35s engulfed by a sand storm at Luke Air Force Base

5th generation aircraft engulfed in dust.
5th generation aircraft engulfed in dust.
Personnel moved the F-35 to shelter.
Personnel moved the F-35 to shelter.
A thunderstorm collapses and causes air and dust to move through the atmosphere and transform into a sand storm at Nigerien Air Base 201, Niger, June 24, 2018. Air Base 201 was hit by four sandstorms throughout the last two weeks. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Jamison)
A thunderstorm collapses and causes air and dust to move through the atmosphere and transform into a sand storm at Nigerien Air Base 201, Niger, June 24, 2018. Air Base 201 was hit by four sandstorms throughout the last two weeks. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Jamison)

 

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