Luke AFB's Roster of F-35s Increasing; Spike in Noise Complaints

A U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II lands at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., on July 25, 2018. The mission at the 56th Fighter Wing is to train the world’s greatest fighter pilots and combat ready Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Franklin R. Ramos)
A U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II lands at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., on July 25, 2018. The mission at the 56th Fighter Wing is to train the world’s greatest fighter pilots and combat ready Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Franklin R. Ramos)

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Luke Air Force Base's roster of F-35s has grown and that means more noise around the pilot-training installation on the west side of metro Phoenix.

The Arizona Republic reports that Luke now has 85 F-35s, well en route to its planned full complement of 144, and the base in January reached a milestone of more than 1,000 flights from the base in one month.

January also saw the base record a dramatic increase in noise complaints from people living around the base in Glendale.

Luke spokeswoman Becky Heyse wouldn't provide the specific number of complaints in January but said the number so far in February seemed more normal.

Luke said in late 2018 there were about 80 in all of that year.

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