- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 13, 2016

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Military installations in Arizona, Florida, Missouri and Texas are under consideration to be the home base for the first Air Force Reserve squadron that will fly the new F-35A fighter.

An Air Force statement released Tuesday says the candidate bases include Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona, and Homestead Air Reserve Base in Florida.

The statement says the others are Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas, and Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri.

The Air Force says it will select “preferred and reasonable alternatives” this fall and that F-35s are expected to begin arriving at the chosen location by the summer of 2023.

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(Eds: this version corrects year that F-35s are expected to begin arriving at the chosen location)


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