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Glendale Luke Air Force Base Hosts Air Show, Prepares For Traffic

Thunderbird F-16
(Photo by Casey Kuhn - KJZZ)
A Thunderbird F-16 rolls up the runway at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale.

Luke Air Force base is gearing up for a free airshow this weekend.

If you live in Glendale, you might be hearing more F-16s of the Air Force Thunderbirds, flying overhead.

West Valley residents around Luke should prepare for noise and more traffic.

Airshow director Lt. Colonel Chris Bacon said they’ve contracted parking off the base to make it easier for drivers.

“But we’re still limited," he said. "You’ve got mostly two-lane country roads that are kind of being a feeder into those parking lots."

And while locals can get a chance to see the Thunderbirds up close, it’s also a homecoming for some of those pilots that started at Luke.

This year's event, called "75 Years of Airpower," will be on April 2 and 3, near Glendale Avenue and Litchfield Road.

Casey Kuhn reports from KJZZ’s West Valley Bureau. She comes to Phoenix from the Midwest, where she graduated from Indiana University with a degree in journalism.Kuhn got her start in radio reporting in college at the community public radio station, WFHB. She volunteered there as a reporter and worked her way up to host the half-hour, daily news show. After graduating, she became a multimedia reporter at Bloomington's NPR/PBS station WFIU/WTIU, where she reported for and produced a weekly statewide news television show.Since moving to the Southwest, she’s discovered a passion for reporting on rural issues, agriculture and the diverse people who make up her community.Kuhn was born and raised in Cincinnati, where her parents instilled in her a love of baseball, dogs and good German beer. You’ll most likely find her around the Valley with a glass of prosecco in one hand and a graphic novel in the other.She finds the most compelling stories come from KJZZ’s listeners.