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Sun City West Club visits Luke Air Force Base

Posted 4/17/24

The Washington State Club visited Luke Air Force Base at the start of the year to get an inside look.

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Sun City West Club visits Luke Air Force Base


The Washington State Club of Sun City West took an annual visit to the Luke Air Force Base to get a behind the scenes look at the fighter jets streaking across the sky. The group inlcuded 30 club members and guests for the tour. 

The group walked through an outdoor display of fighter jets, from past wars. Dr. John Hale, a military historian and archeologist pointed out characteristics of the planes. He described how the jets were modified and improved as a result of the challenges in battle. Dr. Hale fielded lots of questions from the group, and members shared  experiences with the various jets.

Members watched fuel trucks come into the main fuel yard and learned there’s a direct supply pipe line into the base. The fuel is carefully tested and monitored so the jet planes are using only the most pure form. Anything less is used for other purposes or rejected. Water, rust, and minute particles can damage the planes.

 MSgt Michael Hinojosa explained the meticulous process that protects the lives of pilots who depend on the parachute if they must eject the plane. Along with the ‘chute, the pilot has a state-of-the-art high tech helmet and a life-preserver box containing everything from waterproof matches, compass, dry food (not very tasty we were told), and lifeboat.