A few weekends ago we spent a day at Luke Air Force Base watching Luke Days 2014, Lightning in the Desert! Luke Days is an open house and air show that has been going on for many, many years. In fact, I have many fond memories as a child attending Luke Days with our close family friends, who happened to live on base since their dad was stationed there. Although we’ve gone to the Luke Days event more times than I can count, I never cease to be amazed and in absolute awe of what I see. I know the same rings true for most who go. Men and women, old and young alike leave with a new respect for those in service, and somehow seeing the different planes fly makes nearly everyone want to be a pilot. While we watched the performance of the stunt planes and the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds- who perform precision aerial maneuvers demonstrating the capabilities of Air Force high performance aircraft to people throughout the world- I overheard boys and men alike (from age 10 to age 60) comment on their desire to fly.
The air show consisted of static displays- a huge amount of different aircraft parked and available for viewing such as the new F-35, P-51, and the B-17– as well as over 5 hours of aerial performances. The aerial performances were amazing; some took your breath away with the beauty, others with their aerial stunts, and others made you proud to be an American, proud and thankful for those who fight and have fought for the beautiful country we’re blessed to call home. We were able to see a P-51 Red Tail Tuskegee demonstration, watch the amazing Thunderbirds perform, and- one of my favorites- see the Heritage Flight, a formation that features two to four aircraft with at least one modern day USAF fighter and at least one older fighter. It is meant to represent the history of the USAF, and it is breathtaking to experience.
Each time I’ve seen it, the song, “We Remember”, has been played. It was written by Dwayne O’Brien as a tribute to military aviation, and has been adopted by the United States Air Force’s Heritage Flight Program as the song played during their air show performances.
It was a long day that we all thoroughly enjoyed, and we look forward to the next Luke Days! Until then, here are just a small handful of the photos I took while we were there.