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A trio of Taiwanese planes flying out of Luke AFB, in USAF colors.

Southern Arizona residents will have more time to comment on the U.S. Air Force's plan to break the sound barrier at lower altitudes, and fly more training missions at night over 10 military aerial training ranges, after officials decided to extend the comment period to June 3. Read more»

A trio of Taiwanese planes flying out of Luke AFB, in USAF colors.

The Air Force is seeking to break the sound barrier as low as 5,000 feet and fly more training missions at night over 10 aerial ranges that stretch across large parts of Southern Arizona and western New Mexico. Read more»

Capt. Jennifer Peace, who was posted for a time to Fort Huachuca, served when an earlier ban on transgender soldiers was in effect. She says her quality of life vastly improved when the ban was lifted in 2016.

Transgender troops face an uncertain future awaiting a final court ruling on the Trump Administration's ban of transgender troops enlisting or being booted after they are diagnosed. Read more»

Ground crews check an F-35 at Luke Air Force Base, which is set to get $40 million for construction of facilities to support the new fighter jet. But that money could be diverted toward a border wall under President Donald Ttump’s declaration of a national emergency at the border.

Arizona lawmakers have vowed to fight the loss of any funding at Luke AFB, where $40 million in construction projects could be tapped for border wall funding under President Trump’s national emergency declaration. Read more»

Dylan Meador prepares to fly an F-35 jet on Luke Air Force Base. The U.S. Air Force is facing a national pilot shortage.

Luke Air Force Base is feeling the effects of a national pilot shortage that is leaving the Air Force without enough pilots, maintenance crew and support staff to fully power U.S. military needs. Read more»

A trio of Taiwanese planes flying out of Luke, in USAF colors.

The pilot of an F-16 that crashed near Prescott has been identified by Taiwanese officials. Maj. Kao Ting-cheng of the Taiwan Air Force died on a training mission out of Luke Air Force Base, near Phoenix. Read more»

A trio of Taiwanese planes flying out of Luke, in USAF colors.

An F-16 fighter jet based at Luke AFB in Glendale crashed Thursday morning near Bagdad, Ariz., west of Prescott. A body was later found at the crash site, and the student pilot from the Taiwanese air force was presumed to have been killed, U.S. Air Force officials said. Read more»

Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson furloughed more than 1,600 civilian employees, Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz, a spokeswoman, said in an email.

Arizona's military bases have furloughed at least 2,000 employees and curtailed services due to the partial shutdown of the federal government. However, officials say training and other essential operations will continue. Read more»

An F-16.

A large chunk of Tucson - stretching from Midtown across the mountains to Three Points and northwest to Marana - was rattled Wednesday evening by a loud, deep boom and shaking ground. Late Thursday afternoon, Air Force officials confirmed the noise was a sonic boom from a Luke AFB F-16. Read more» 2

Glendale Mayor Elaine Scruggs (left) and state Sen. John Nelson, R-Litchfield Park, listen as U.S. Sen. John McCain discusses the Pentagon’s decision to base F-35 fighters at Luke Air Force Base and McCain’s concerns about possible defense cuts that could take effect at year’s end.

In the wake of the Pentagon’s decision to base F-35 fighters at Luke AFB, McCain warned Thursday that potential defense cuts could cost thousands of jobs and $3 billion to Arizona's economy. Read more»

A pilot takes the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter up for its first night flight near Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., in January. The Pentagon announced Wednesday that Luke Air Force Base will be home to pilot training for the next-generation fighter.

Three squadrons of F-35s will be housed at Luke Air Force Base instead of in Tucson. Read more»