Air Force reduces number of fighter jets at Eglin

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - Eglin's F-35 fighter program is taking a hit in the economy. The military has reduced the number of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets being brought to the base from more than 100 to 59.

The Joint Strike Fighter is a next-generation fighter aircraft that is currently entering production. Air Force officials broke ground in March on a facility that will train F-35 Joint Strike Fighter pilots and maintainers.

Col. Arnold Bunch, vice commander of the Air Armament Center at Eglin, said the decision does not limit Eglin to 59 planes. He said it will allow Air Force officials time to "take a more holistic look" at where additional aircraft should be stationed.
Information from: Pensacola News Journal,

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