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Alabama named as location for F-35A stealth fighter squadron


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — National Guard units in Alabama and Wisconsin have been selected as homes for new F-35A fighter squadrons, the U.S. Air Force announced Thursday. Air Force officials said Truax Field Air National Guard Base in Wisconsin and ...


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CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 FILE - In this March 14, 2014 file photo, a U.SAir Force F-35A Lightning II makes a flyby after an unveiling celebration takes place at Luke Air Force Base for the delivery of the first F-35A fighter jet, in Glendale, Ariz The U.SAir Force has selected National Guard bases in Alabama and Wisconsin as homes for new F-35A fighter squadronsAir Force officials announced Thursday, Dec21, 2017, that Truax Field Air National Guard Base in Wisconsin and Dannelly Field in Montgomery, Alabama are the preferred locations for the squadronsless FILE - In this March 14, 2014 file photo, a U.SAir Force F-35A Lightning II makes a flyby after an unveiling celebration takes place at Luke Air Force Base for the delivery of the first F-35A fighter jet, in ..more Photo: Ross DFranklin, AP /**/ Alabama named as location for F-35A stealth fighter squadron 1 / 1 Back to Gallery /* 768) { document.write('); document.write('); if (typeof hearstPlaceAd !== 'undefined') hearstPlaceAd("TMP300_3"); document.write(''); } /*]]>*/ MONTGOMERY, Ala(AP) — National Guard units in Alabama and Wisconsin have been selected as homes for new F-35A fighter squadrons, the U.SAir Force announced Thursday. Air Force officials said Truax Field Air National Guard Base in Wisconsin and Dannelly Field in Montgomery, Alabama, are the preferred locations for the squadronsBoth sites must go through an environmental analysis before the selection is finalized. "This is a huge announcement in the life of the river region and the great state of Alabama and I am honored to share it with each of you today," Alabama GovKay Ivey said during a Thursday news conference announcing the selection. Alabama and Montgomery officials had sought the project during the lengthy selection process to preserve 1,400 jobs at the airfield and add more jobs with the arrival of the new fighters. The Air Force said it expects the F-35s to begin arriving in both states in 2023 — first in Wisconsin and then in Alabama. "Selecting Truax Field and Dannelly Field will increase Air National Guard F-35A units providing 5th Generation airpower around the world," Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson said in a statement. "As F-35As arrive at these locations, we will use the existing aircraft at these fields to replace the aging F-16s at other Air National Guard units." The aircraft will become part of the Montgomery-based 187th Fighter Wing The unit carries the name of the "Red Tails" in honor of the Tuskegee Airmen, the famed all-African-American unit that trained in nearby Tuskegee and shattered aviation and racial barriers in World War II. Alabama and Wisconsin beat out locations in Idaho, Florida, and Michigan that were also competing for the project. /**/ /**/ Most Popular 1 Police: Man waves knife at ex-wife 2 Two more apartment buildings proposed in Fairfield 3 Daughter arrested for allegedly shoving father to floor 4 Fairfield teachers speak up at Board of Education Town Hall... 5 Conway leads Warde past Norwalk 6 Police: Boyfriend hit, choked girlfriend 7 A ‘White Christmas’ still possible for southwestern CT /**/ /**/ View Comments

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