Royal Australian Air Force completes training mission, departs from Luke

Royal Australian air force pilots pose following their final training flight at Luke Air Force Base Nov. 22, 2019, at Luke AFB, Ariz. The RAAF began training at Luke with the 61st Fighter Squadron and Aircraft Maintenance Unit in December 2014 with two F-35s. Since then, 34 Australian pilots and 16 instructor pilots have completed training. As of January 2020, the RAAF owns 20 F-35s. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Leala Marquez)
Royal Australian air force pilots pose following their final training flight at Luke Air Force Base Nov. 22, 2019, at Luke AFB, Ariz. The RAAF began training at Luke with the 61st Fighter Squadron and Aircraft Maintenance Unit in December 2014 with two F-35s. Since then, 34 Australian pilots and 16 instructor pilots have completed training. As of January 2020, the RAAF owns 20 F-35s. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Leala Marquez)

Col. Matthew Renbarger, 56th Operations Group commander (left), presents Lt. Col. Jordon Sander, 61st Fighter Squadron Australian Senior National Representative and new commander of Royal Australian Air Force No. 2 Operational Conversion Unit (No. 2 OCU), an F-35A lithograph during the RAAF Mateship ceremony Nov. 22, 2019, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. During the ceremony, pilots and leadership from Luke and the RAAF celebrated the end of the RAAF’s F-35A Lightning II pilot and instructor pilot training at Luke and a start of a new relationship as the Australians return to their home to start flying operational missions in the F-35A. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Leala Marquez)
Col. Matthew Renbarger, 56th Operations Group commander (left), presents Lt. Col. Jordon Sander, 61st Fighter Squadron Australian Senior National Representative and new commander of Royal Australian Air Force No. 2 Operational Conversion Unit (No. 2 OCU), an F-35A lithograph during the RAAF Mateship ceremony Nov. 22, 2019, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. During the ceremony, pilots and leadership from Luke and the RAAF celebrated the end of the RAAF’s F-35A Lightning II pilot and instructor pilot training at Luke and a start of a new relationship as the Australians return to their home to start flying operational missions in the F-35A. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Leala Marquez)

Lt. Col. Jordon Sander, 61st Fighter Squadron Australian Senior National Representative and new commander of the Royal Australian Air Force No. 2 Operational Conversion Unit (No. 2 OCU), is sprayed with water following his final flight at Luke Air Force Base Nov. 22, 2019, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. RAAF pilots and pilot instructors are returning to No. 2 OCU located at RAAF Base Williamtown, Australia, to begin the base’s transition to an operational F-35A Lightning II fighter wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Leala Marquez)

Royal Australian air force pilots pose following their final training flight at Luke Air Force Base Nov. 22, 2019, at Luke AFB, Ariz. The RAAF began training at Luke with the 61st Fighter Squadron and Aircraft Maintenance Unit in December 2014 with two F-35s. Since then, 34 Australian pilots and 16 instructor pilots have completed training. As of January 2020, the RAAF owns 20 F-35s. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Leala Marquez)

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