The Air Force on Oct. 29, 2009, issued its list of 11 candidate bases that are the potential beddown locations for the first 250 to 300 F-35 stealth fighters that are scheduled to enter its inventory by 2017. On the short list of operational bases are: Hill AFB, Utah; Mountain Home AFB, Idaho; and Shaw AFB, S.C., as well as McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., and the Air National Guard stations in Burlington, Vt., and Jacksonville, Fla. On the short list of training locations are: Eglin AFB, Fla.; Holloman AFB N.M.; and Luke AFB, Ariz., as well as the ANG stations in Boise, Idaho, and Tuscon, Ariz. Here, an F-35 test aircraft rests on display at Lockheed Martins production facility in Fort Worth, Tex., Aug. 31, 2009.
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