Luke Air Force Base- Luke Days Air Show #AZ

Luke Days Open House Poster


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. 

thunderbirdsclose in flightThe 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. 

Heritage FlightEach 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.

Thunderbird plane Stunt Planes planesBehind the wheel close air support demo F-35 after flight on the osprey plane Tuskegee USAF SkyDiverControlling the robotpast and presentIf you happen to be in AZ in the month of March, be sure and see if you can catch the Luke Days Air Show- It’s a free event, and there are tons of amazing things to see!


  1. I’ve always wanted to see an air show. It sounds like it would be a lot of fun and also educational.

  2. Very cool! My husband is retired airforce, so he is usually on the working end, but this year I think we can go watch!

  3. We love air shows. We got to see the Thunderbirds as McConnell AFB last year. They were the hit of the show.

  4. incredibly awesome! I would love this and so would my kids.

  5. We see the blue angels every year. Love to watch them it’s so amazing. We saw the Naval air museum at one of the air shows.

  6. That looks so cool! I would love to attend a show like in real life, and my son would go crazy for it as well!

  7. Amy Desrosiers says

    I think air shows are so cool! I would love to bring my family to see one!!

  8. These airplanes are so cool! My boys are fascinated by airplanes. They would go crazy to see these up close.

  9. Such great pics! My boys love going to the air show near us.

  10. What a beautiful day you had- you got some amazing photos of those planes!!! I haven’t been to an air show in decades

  11. It’s been a few years since the Thunderbirds visited our air show here in Iowa, hopefully they’ll return soon!

  12. That looks like such a cool show! I’ve never seen one of these air shows before, I need to check them out here in LI.

  13. Wow!!! This looks so cool! I know a few people who would love this show!

  14. what gorgeous photos! We have the blue angels performing in ATL.

  15. Wow, how amazing is that? This looks like such a wonderful time for everyone in the family, I’d love to go! What wonderful photos too, beautiful day!

  16. I’ve never seen an air show. I think my son would get a kick out of it (he loves airplanes.)

  17. How fun! I love that it was interactive too. Makes the experience much more memorable!!

  18. What a fun experience! I truly think that is one of the coolest things to see!

  19. This reminded me of the airshows that used to happen each year at Willow Grove air base near here.

  20. That is so neat! I’ve never been to an air show before, but I know they’d be super interesting and entertaining. There has to be one around here. There are a lot of military bases in this state.

  21. I am not really a fan of aircraft and related stuff, but this is truly an interesting and exciting place to visit! I am sure you had a great time with your family. 🙂

  22. How cool! I would love to take my son to something like this!

  23. My son would LOVE this! Looks like you guys had so much fun!

  24. Very cool pictures. I’ve seen the Thunderbirds live and in person. It is an exhilarating day!

  25. Love this! Our shows here have been canceled lately. Hoping to take our boys when they do them again!

  26. We have seen a few airshows like this. They are very fun to watch!

  27. We have an airshow here in Florida every July and it’s amazing. It’s such a big thing watching The Blue Angels and all the other aircrafts do their stuff.

  28. THat is so neat! I haven’t been to an airshow in years! I wish one would come here!

  29. Wow! We used to go see the air show at Westover Air Force Base in Massachusetts. It was so much fun. I never got to take kiddo though. I don’t know if or where they do that in Central Florida.

  30. I haven’t been to an air show in years – that looks like a blast! What a beautiful day for it, your pictures are great!

  31. That is super cool! We actually live right near an airbase so they fly over our house all the time, it’s like a free show lol.

  32. Katie Klein says

    So much fun! We always have a great time at the Chicago air and water show.

  33. This looks like SO MUCH FUN!!! We went one year when the kids were little and would love to go again someday. It seems like we always have plans for something else (not as exciting!) when the time comes. Ah well, maybe next year! Great photos, btw!

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