Thursday, August 2, 2012

Arizona Base Beats Out Boise For F-35s

Posted By on Thu, Aug 2, 2012 at 9:03 AM

Air Force officials announced late Wednesday what most had suspected for some time, that Boise wouldn't be the new pilot training center for F-35 fighter jets. Instead, the Department of Defense chose Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Ariz., for the operation.

Boise's Gowen Field was competing with bases in Arizona (Glendale and Tucson) and New Mexico for the F-35 mission.

Air Force officials said that Luke AFB was chosen because of the facility's ramp capacity, range access, weather and potential for growth.

Pentagon officials tout the F-35, made by Lockheed Martin, as "the most advanced aircraft being added to the military arsenal." The F-35s could land at Luke as early as fall 2013.

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