Mortyman wrote:Nicoeddf wrote:Mortyman wrote:
There is a multinational training base in Arizona where various countries has based training Aircraft. Before Christmas, a Norwegian F-35 pilot flew a US F-35 up to Alaska to test the drag chute on the icy runway.
So why then would Denmark face the risk of keeping 5+ A/C out of 27 in the US? That tells me, apart from the odd training/test mission there is no systematic approach to train NATO pilots on common combat platforms.
It's a pool of training Aircraft wich includes training Aircraft from every nation I beleave.
That is correct. It is a pooled arrangement as per below.
As the world’s premier conventional F-35 training base, Luke is currently training pilots and instructors for the USA, Australia, Norway, Italy – and soon F-35 foreign military sales customers Japan and Israel. Other programme partners – the Netherlands, Turkey and possibly Denmark and Canada – will also join the pooling arrangement, where they share aircraft and instructors.
Luke will grow to six F-35 training squadrons, and will soon reactivate its third unit – the 63rd Fighter Squadron, which trained F-16C/D pilots until it disbanded in 2009.
https://www.flightglobal.com/news/artic ... ts-420797/
Nicoeddf wrote:So why then would Denmark face the risk of keeping 5+ A/C out of 27 in the US? That tells me, apart from the odd training/test mission there is no systematic approach to train NATO pilots on common combat platforms.
It is primarily all about airspace. Luke AFB is located next to the following,
An integral part of Luke's F-16 fighter pilot training mission is the Barry M. Goldwater Air Force Range. The range consists of 1,900,000 acres (7,700 km2) of relatively undisturbed Sonoran Desert southwest of Luke Air Force Base between Yuma and Tucson south of Interstate 8. Overhead are 57,000 cubic miles (240,000 km3) of airspace where pilots practice air-to-air maneuvers and engage simulated battlefield targets on the ground. Roughly the size of Connecticut, the immense size of the complex allows for simultaneous training activities on nine air-to-ground and two air-to-air ranges. The Luke Air Force Base Range Management Office manages the eastern range activities and Marine Corps Air Station Yuma oversees operations on the western portion.