LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. (AP) — The famed 61st Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base has been reactivated.
The U.S. Air Force brought the squadron back to life Friday, designating it as the first of six planned units that will focus on training pilots on F-35 Lightning II stealth fighters.
The Arizona Republic reports (http://bit.ly/17m8giO) that a crowd of about 175 airmen, family members and other guest attended Friday's ceremony.
The squadron is known as the "Top Dogs." It was stationed at the Glendale base from 1994 through 2010 as a training group for F-16 pilots. In 2012, the base secured the F-35 training mission.
The delivery of the first F-35 to the base is expected in January. Officials say that in about two years, the squadron will reach its full complement with 24 planes.
Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com