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Goldwater, Barry M(orris)

Goldwater, Barry M(orris)

(born Jan. 1, 1909, Phoenix, Airz., U.S.—died May 29, 1998, Paradise Valley, Ariz.) U.S. senator. He headed the family department-store business from 1937, and during World War II he was a U.S. Air Force pilot (1941–45). A Republican, he was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1952, and he quickly established himself as a strong conservative, calling for a harsh diplomatic stance toward the Soviet Union, opposing arms-control negotiations with that country, and accusing the Democrats of creating a quasi-socialist state at home. In 1964 he won the Republican nomination for president but lost the election to Democratic Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson largely because of popular fears that Goldwater would provoke a nuclear war with the Soviets. Returning to the Senate (1969–87), he helped persuade Richard Nixon to resign in 1974. Goldwater moderated many of his views in later years, and he became a symbol of high-minded conservatism.

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The Barry M. Goldwater Air Force Range (formerly Luke Air Force Range) is a bombing range in the U.S. state of Arizona that runs along the Mexican border.

It is used for bombing practice by United States Air Force pilots in A-10s and F-16s, and Marine Corps pilots in F-18s and AV-8B Harriers.

The entire range is approved for day and night operations. Four controlled, manned, and electronically scored surface attack ranges are available for pilots to practice basic air-to-surface weapons employment, including bombing, rocket delivery, and strafe. Additionally, three expansive, uncontrolled tactical ranges are available. Each of these tactical ranges spans several hundred square kilometers, and each contains two airfield mockups plus many diverse arrays of targets, including structures, vehicle convoys, aircraft, and armor. These ranges are used to train pilots for strike and close air support missions, and support various types of live ordnance. Furthermore, JTACs from various services and countries frequently train on the same ranges and direct the air attacks. An air-to-air gunnery range is also available.

Near the center of the range complex, Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field (near Gila Bend, Arizona) serves as an emergency landing strip for pilots training on the ranges.

The Air Force operates the eastern portion of the BMGR (south and east of Interstate 8) while the Marine Corps operates the western portion.

The primary users of the range include aircraft from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Luke Air Force Base, and MCAS Yuma.

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