Story and Photos by: MSG (R) Jeffrey Rice
Maryvale High School Army JROTC Cadets from 5th Brigade visited Luke Air Force Base, Arizona on 17 January 2024 and were given the opportunity to operate the F-16 aircraft simulator. The F-16 simulator has trained thousands of American pilots over the years to prepare them to fly the F-16 Fighting Falcon. The Fighting Falcon was introduced 45 years ago and has been the fighter workhorse in the US Air Force inventory. These students were also given a tour of the pilots’ training and pre-flight areas. In addition to this, students received a front-row seat to watch the F-35 Lightning II (the latest American fighter jet) taking off on the runways.