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Idaho loses in F-35 bid, Utah, Vermont chosen

Idaho has lost out in its bid to land a new F-35 mission at Gowen Field in Boise and at Mountain Home Air Force Base, a decision by the U.S. Air Force that Idaho’s congressional delegation called “disappointing.” They noted, however, that Gowen Field remains in the running for an expanded mission for operations of the  C-27J cargo aircraft, and that Idaho’s bases aren’t out of the running for future F-35 missions.

In a joint statement, Idaho’s senators and congressmen took issue with the Air Force’s conclusion that additional construction costs that would be needed in Idaho tilted the decision away from the state. “That determination is disappointing because all of the sites chosen will require new construction to accommodate three squadrons,” the delegation said. “Other benefits should have factored into the decision besides initial cost savings.  We will be taking a close look at the data used to reach this decision to ensure it was a transparent and apolitical process.” Click below to read the full joint news release from Idaho Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch and Idaho Reps. Walt Minnick and Mike Simpson.  

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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