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WWII Patch, AAF, AAF Fighter Pilot School Luke Field, Phoenix AZ

WWII Patch, AAF, AAF Fighter Pilot School Luke Field, Phoenix AZ

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WWII US Army Air Force Squadron Patch
US AAF 
USAAF AAF Fighter Pilot School, Luke Field, Phoenix AZ
Walt Disney Design
4 7/8 x 5 5/8 inches

Training future pilots for Fighter Fighting squadrons.

Luke Air Force Base is a United States Air Force base located seven miles (11 km) west of the central business district of Glendale, in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States.[2] It is also about 15 miles (24 km) west of Phoenix, Arizona. The base is named after World War I Medal of Honor recipient and former Phoenix native, Lieutenant Frank Luke, Jr. Luke AFB is a major training base of the Air Education and Training Command (AETC), training pilots in the F-16 Fighting Falcon. The base is named for the first U.S. aviator to receive the Medal of Honor, Lieutenant Frank Luke, Jr.  Born in Phoenix in 1897, the “Arizona Balloon Buster” scored 18 aerial victories during World War I (14 of these German observation balloons) in the skies over France before being killed, at age 21, on September 29, 1918.

History
Major commands

    * West Coast Air Corps Training Center, 3 July 1941 - 23 January 1942
    * Air Corps Flying Training Command, 23 January 1942 - 15 March 1942
    * AAF Flying Training Command, 15 March 1942 - 31 July 1943
    * AAF Training Command, 31 July 1943 - 1 July 1946

United States Army Air Forces
Litchfield Park Air Base
Luke Army Airfield
    * 74th Air Base Gp (15 June 1941 - 31 July 1942)
    * 668th Air Base Sq (1 August 1942 - 30 June 1944)
    * 3028th AAF Base Unit (1 July 1944 - 30 November 1946)

Operational History
In 1940, the U.S. Army sent a representative to Arizona to choose a site for an Army Air Corps training field for advanced training in conventional fighter aircraft. The city of Phoenix bought 1,440 acres (5.8 km2) of land which they leased to the government at $1 a year effective March 24, 1941. On March 29, 1941, the Del. E. Webb Construction Co. began excavation for the first building at what was known then as Litchfield Park Air Base. Another base known as Luke Field, in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, released its name so the Arizona base could be called Luke Field. Advanced flight training in the AT-6 began at Luke in June that same year. The first class of 45 students, Class 41 F, arrived June 6, 1941 to begin advanced flight training in the AT-6, although a few essential buildings had been completed. Flying out of Sky Harbor Airport until the Luke runways were ready, pilots received 10 weeks of instruction and the first class graduated August 15, 1941. Then-Captain Barry Goldwater served as director of ground training the following year.

During World War II, Luke was the largest fighter training base in the Army Air Forces, graduating more than 12,000 fighter pilots from advanced and operational courses in the AT-6, P-40, P-51 and P-38, earning the nickname, “Home of the Fighter Pilot.” By February 7, 1944, pilots at Luke had achieved a million hours of flying time. By 1946, however, the number of pilots trained dropped to 299 and the base was deactivated November 30 that year.


WASP
LUKE FIELD  -- GOODYEAR, ARIZONA
WASP flew PT's, BT-13, AT-6, B-26, and B-24 as engineering/test, administrative, and ferrying pilots.



1102 WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) were stationed at 120 air bases and flew 60 million miles in every type military aircraft in the Army Air Force inventory, from the fastest fighters to the heaviest bombers. They towed targets for air-to-air gunnery and air-to-ground anti-aircraft practice, ferried aircraft, were instrument instructors for male pilots, flew weather, night tracking, simulated strafing and radar navigation missions, transported personnel and cargo and flew drones. They flew every type mission that any Army Air Force pilot flew except combat  missions.

Price: $99.50


Product Code: PatchAAF.0000.AAF.FighterPilotSchool.LukeField.PhoenixAZ
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