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Tomorrow’s squadron leaders will be accompanied by drones

JULY 16th sees the opening of the Farnborough air show. Plane spotters attending the show, which by entente cordiale alternates annually with that in Paris, will be hoping for an appearance by one of the F-35 Lightning fighters delivered recently to Britain’s air force and navy. The…

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Read regional growth plan and comment

The arrival of the F-35s at Eielson Air Force Base will have a profound impact on the Fairbanks North Star Borough. Oil and gas development is on the horizon, and that should bring jobs and boost Alaska’s slumping economy. But these fighter jets will have…

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Eielson Regional Growth Plan Luncheon

The Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce is hosting its Weekly Business Luncheon next Tuesday, June 26th with the theme, “Eielson Regional Growth Plan.” The venue’s keynote speaker is Shelly Wade with the Eielson Regional Growth Plan Team, who will offer a military update, as the…

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F-35 passes 300th delivery milestone

The 300th production-standard F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) was delivered by Lockheed Martin and the Joint Program Office (JPO) on 11 June. The milestone at the Fort Worth facility in Texas took place some seven years after production-standard deliveries first began in May…

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Is the F-35 About to Be Delayed (Again)?

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has advised the Pentagon to hold off moving into full-rate production with the F-35 fighter until the plane’s crucial issues are resolved, a potential new delay before lead contractor Lockheed Martin is able to fully cash in on the long-troubled program. The GAO, in…

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Contract Award: Weather Shelter

Today, the Army awarded a contract to Watterson Construction Company, Post Office Box 220670, Anchorage, Alaska 99522-0670.  The amount of this action is $82,125,000.00.   This contract is to construct F-35A Weather Shelter, Squadron #2.  The work will be performed at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. …

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Lockheed Martin’s F-35 has flown in combat

Lockheed Martin’s F-35 aircraft has reached a new milestone. The stealth fighter jet built at Lockheed Martin’s sprawling west Fort Worth campus has been flown for the first time in combat. Israeli Air Force Commander Maj. Gen. Amikam Norkin disclosed this week that the planes…

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Senate panel targets Turkey’s participation in F-35 program

The Senate Armed Services Committee’s version of an annual defense policy bill has three provisions targeting Turkey, a NATO ally with which the United States has had increasing tensions. Two provisions in the committee’s version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) relate to Turkey’s…

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Air Force strategy speeds F-35 tech & more

The Air Force is now massively speeding up development for hypersonic weapons, missile warning systems and F-35 upgrades as key parts of an emerging new strategy emphasizing risk taking, prototyping and experimentation early in the acquisition process. The service is now accelerating a plan to…

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House introduces bill to halt F-35 sale to Turkey

House Foreign Affairs Committee member David Cicilline (D-R.I.) is renewing last year’s efforts to block an F-35 fighter jet sale to Turkey over its military aggression toward U.S.-backed forces and concerns the NATO ally is becoming too cozy with Russia. Cicilline on Thursday introduced a…

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