Luke AFB celebrates '70 Years of Thunder' with open house and air show

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by Catherine Holland

azfamily.com

Posted on March 17, 2011 at 1:24 PM

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LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. – Luke Air Force Base, the biggest F-16 fighter base in the world, is throwing its gates open this weekend for its annual Luke Days Open House and Air Show.

More than 200,000 people are expected to attend the event, which is themed 70 Years of Thunder.

Spectators will be required to go through security checkpoints before entering the base.

According to public affairs for the 56th Fighter Wing, a recent change in policy allows guests to bring folding chairs to the Open House. All chairs must be removed from bags prior to arrival at the security checkpoint. One sealed, full, plastic bottle of water is allowed per person. Umbrellas are also allowed.

Prohibited items include, coolers, backpacks, outside food, weapons (if it has a blade it will not be allowed on base), firearms of any type, toys that resemble firearms, fireworks, spray paint and silly string, glass containers of any kind, alcohol, illegal drugs, bicycles, skateboards, heelies, roller skates, rollerblades, ruck sacks and pets.

In addition to the Thunderbirds, which is the Air Force’s F-16 aerial demonstration team, the USA Golden Knights, the ACC F-22 Demo, the ACC Heritage F-4 and the USMC AV-8 are among the scheduled performances.

Admission to Luke Days is free. Gates open at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Flying begins at 10:45 a.m.

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