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Southcentral companies get biggest Eielson contracts

FAIRBANKS — The F-35 construction boom at Eielson Air Force base as been good for Alaska businesses this summer, but so far southcentral contractors have beat out Interior Alaska companies to the biggest jobs. To date, six contracts worth $94.5 million have been awarded to prepare…

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Eielson shows off iconic planes at open house

Boeing B-52 Stratofortress bombers are really, really big — and at Eielson Air Force Base’s open house Saturday, the B-52 on display was a really big hit. Parents and children waiting for their turns to climb in the cockpit filled the open doors of the bomb bay,…

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Eielson opens 2nd gate for construction crews

FAIRBANKS — An access gate to give construction crews easier access to the south side of Eielson Air Force Base will open Thursday. The base’s South Gate along the Richardson Highway is being opened for the summer season in order to facilitate the construction associated…

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Borough to award contract for F-35 study

FAIRBANKS — The Fairbanks North Star Borough plans to commission a consultant to write a plan to guide the community through the growing pains anticipated after the arrival of F-35 fighter jets and hundreds of new airmen at Eielson Air Force Base. Last week, the…

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Air Force declares F-35 ready for limited combat

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Air Force declared its version of Lockheed Martin Corp.’s F-35 ready if needed for limited combat operations, a milestone for the $379 billion program that’s the Pentagon’s costliest. The decision affects the timeline for the stationing of the first F-35s at Eielson…

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Retired colonel directs F-35 transition at Eielson

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE — A retired colonel has been working to get Eielson Air Force Base ready for its coming growth spurt since before the official announcement that two squadrons of F-35 fighter planes are coming here. Kevin Blanchard was among the last A-10 pilots…

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Congress funds $295 million in Eielson F-35 construction

FAIRBANKS — A congressional conference committee fully funded the military’s request for $295 million in new Eielson Air Force Base construction Wednesday, restoring the $82 million F-35 weather shelter that the House of Representatives had cut from the budget. The 2017 budget bill funds many…

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