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Luke Air Force Base wants to fly a ‘hometown hero’ in an F-16


An F-16 Fighting Falcon with a completed vintage paint design sits on the runway at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. The F-16 will promote the heritage and role the aircraft has played in the Air Force and the Airmen who fly and maintain it.
Source: U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Caleb Worpel

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) – Luke Air Force Base is looking to give one “hometown hero” the ride of their life, and they want you to choose them.

Luke AFB wants to put somebody in the back seat of an F-16 Fighting Falcon during its upcoming Luke Days celebration, and it’s taking nominations now.

“Heroes might include, but are not limited to: a wounded warrior, an average citizen who heroically saved a life, a renowned teacher, a community humanitarian volunteer, a local firefighter, paramedic or police officer, one who mentors children or volunteers as a coach or tutor in a youth program or someone who dedicates their life to working with at-risk children,” explained the 56th Fighter Wing’s website.

“People who have previously flown in fighter aircraft should not be nominated,” according to Luke AFB. Only U.S. citizens who do not have any felony convictions are eligible. You can nominate yourself but you’ll need to include two references. Click here for information about the program.

There are some physical requirements nominees must meet.

Age: 18-55

Weight: 103-245 pounds

Height: 5’4”-6’5”

Nominations are open until Friday, Jan. 24 at 11:59 p.m. (Click here to get the nomination form.) Luke AFB will select 10 finalists and post them on its Facebook page on Monday, Jan. 27. After that, you get to choose the winner.

Luke Days is 2020 is March 21-22 and will feature performances by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, the U.S. Air Force Wings of Blue, Gary Rower in a vintage Stearman, the Desert Rats, “comedy flying” by Eric Tucker, Buck Roetmann, wingwalker Carol Pilon, Kirby Chambliss in the Red Bull Edge 540 V3, Matt Younkin in a Twin Beech 18, Bob Carlton in a jet-powered sailplane, and the Shockwave jet truck.