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JOTT Conducts F-35 Cold Weather Testing

In April 2016, the Air Force made an announcement that would change Eielson AFB history. After a lengthy analysis of the installation’s operations, environmental factors and cost, the Secretary of the Air Force selected Eielson AFB to be the first operational USAF location outside the…

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Eielson Air Base to receive F-35 weather shelter

Jan. 26 — Watterson Construction has been awarded a contract to design and construct an F-35A aircraft weather shelter at Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska. The deal, announced Thursday by the Department of Defense, is valued at more than $58 million under a firm-fixed-price contract….

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Fairbanks expects job growth in 2018

FAIRBANKS — State job forecasts predict the Fairbanks North Star Borough will be Alaska’s only region to see employment gains in 2018, in large part thanks to construction at Eielson Air Force Base. According to a report from the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the…

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Air Force gives borough mayor F-16 ride-along

FAIRBANKS, Alaska – Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor, Karl Kassel, visited Eielson Air Force Base earlier this month to experience a little bit of what it’s like to fly as an Aggressor pilot. A special invitation from the Commander of the 3-54th Fighter Wing, COLONEL DAVID…

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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’s F-35s Will Offset Economic Slump for Fairbanks

Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Karl Kassel said the buildup associated with two squadrons of F-35 warplanes that’ll be coming to Eielson Air Force Base in a couple of years will offset decreases in population and state funding that are both being driven by Alaska’s…

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USAF conducts cold weather testing at Eielson AFB

The US Air Force (USAF) is set to conduct cold weather testing on F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter in a bid to ensure that the fifth-generation multi-role fighter aircraft performs optimally in harsh weather conditions. The aircraft arrived at Eielson Air Force Base (AFB),…

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F-35 has arrived at Eielson with Norwegian test pilot

FAIRBANKS – An F-35 fighter jet arrived at Eielson Air Force Base Thursday on an equipment-testing mission, according to a news release from the Air Force. It’s the first F-35 to land at Eielson. The F-35A Lightning II is here to test two main types…

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Air Force sending one F-35 to Eielson for testing

FAIRBANKS — After years of hearing about the new F-35 fighter plane that’s coming to Eielson Air Force Base, Interior residents may get to see one. The 354th Fighter Wing announced Wednesday that one F-35A Lighting II will be at Eielson for testing this month. It’s not one of…

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