Frank Luke, Jr., "The Balloon Buster"Frank Luke, Jr., Medal of Honor, "The Balloon Buster", was from Arizona. He preferred solo sorties and focused on burning heavily defended observation balloons. He became USAS' second highest scoring Ace of WWI, with 18 victories. On his final flight witnesses testified that he burned three balloons and shot down two fighters.
Luke AFB in Arizona is named in his honor.
Spad XIIIThis replica of his Spad XIII hung in a terminal of Phoenix Sky Harbor airport before the airport sacrificed it for an endless maze to move passengers to and from the gates. These photos are from September 2016.
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