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Mar 16 2014
AZWanderingBear
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 Guides 27
 Routes 61
 Photos 2,620
 Triplogs 700

64 male
 Joined Jan 23 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Luke AFB Open HousePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Walk / Tour avatar Mar 16 2014
AZWanderingBear
Walk / Tour3.00 Miles 60 AEG
Walk / Tour3.00 Miles   5 Hrs      0.60 mph
60 ft AEG
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Its been a while since I've been out to Luke. Was assigned there from '93 to '96, but I'm not much on revisiting the past. But the wife worked there too as a civilian handling their public relations until a couple years ago. She still has more connections there than I do and wrangled a VIP invite to the Commander's Hospitality Tent right on show center. We invited some friends along and took a long stroll down memory lane.

While at Luke back in the day I commanded the 62nd Fighter Squadron, the Spikes. Was fun to talk to they guy that currently has the call sign Spike 1. He's doing a great job with my old squadron which will transition to the new F-35 soon. Even got to hang out with the squadron flagship that used to bear my name painted on the canopy rail. She and I both are showing some age, but we can still kick it into afterburner when we need to.

Our little group strolled along the flight line for a while with me reliving some old war stories and answering questions here and there. The kids wearing the uniform these days look so young. Was I ever that young?

Sipped cold drinks in the VIP tent and watched the Thunderbirds thrill everyone with their precision.

Stopped off at Gordon Beirsch for brews and more war stories. Was fun, but now we return to our currently scheduled program.

Note: See FLYING FLIVER's great triplog and photoset for a more in depth review of the airshow. http://hikearizona.com/dex2/profile.php?u=51590&ID=46#T__101041_______1
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Mar 16 2014
Dave1
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 Routes 29
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44 male
 Joined Jan 25 2009
 Phoenix, AZ
Luke AFB Open HousePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Walk / Tour avatar Mar 16 2014
Dave1
Walk / Tour5.00 Miles
Walk / Tour5.00 Miles
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Checkin' out the new Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II
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Mar 15 2014
FLYING_FLIVER
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 Routes 203
 Photos 8,628
 Triplogs 232

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 Joined Jan 28 2010
 Fountain Hills,
Luke AFB Open House/Air Show, AZ 
Luke AFB Open House/Air Show, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 15 2014
FLYING_FLIVER
Hiking5.50 Miles
Hiking5.50 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   2.06 mph
      50 Mns Break
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Take a look at the photoset if you’re curious about:

Airplanes - Military and civilian
Brand new F-35 fighters and vintage WW II bombers and fighters
Huge tankers and cargo planes
Planes painted bright and even brighter colors
Planes that go supersonic
Planes that can fly backwards and can takeoff straight up
Two types of military planes that crashed into the Superstitions
Russian Migs
Aerobatics
Parachuters with American flags bigger than them
Planes with Nose Art
Drones
2 military jets that I personally flew (a long time ago)
NASA planes
Pink buses
Helicopters

I had a fun day ‘hiking’ up and down the flight line at Luke AFB today.

The large crowd of attendees were treated to an excellent mix of state-of-the-art fighter jets, WW II vintage bombers and fighters, plus many privately owned military and civilian planes.

I have a bit of knowledge about most of the planes on display, which makes it even more enjoyable when talking to the pilots.

Each plane on display had its pilot standing-by, proudly explaining their plane’s specifics and answering questions. I was fortunate enough to be one of those pilots many years ago, standing by a military jet and promoting how excellent it was. It was alot of fun.

This was one of my best ‘hikes’ yet. :)
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average hiking speed 1.33 mph

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