Luke AFB F-16 309th FS Mallards

Luke AFB F-16 309th FS Mallards poster art.

The 309th Fighter Squadron is part of the 56th Operations Group at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. It operates the F-16 ‘Fighting Falcon aircraft conducting advanced fighter training. The 309th FS (Wild Ducks), flies F-16C and F-16D aircraft conducting F-16 crew training for active duty USAF pilots. Their motto is:Mad Mallards From Hell. Initially established under Third Air Force in early 1942 as a fighter squadron at Baer Field, Indiana, flying some antisubmarine patrols in the Gulf of Mexico. The 309th produced 14 aces over the years. The squadron emblem is a 1944 Walt Disney design and symbolizes the fighter mission celestial navigation pioneered by this squadron, its around-the-clock mission readiness, and its striking power.

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