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Missouri delegation makes pitch for F-35 fighter base at Whiteman

An F-35 jet arrives at it new operational base Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, at Hill Air Force Base, in northern Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
An F-35 jet arrives at it new operational base Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, at Hill Air Force Base, in northern Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

In a letter released Wednesday, the state’s two senators and eight members of the House said the base —already home to the B-2 bomber, and some A-10s — would be a good place to locate some of the fighters the U.S. is set to buy.

“Whiteman is ideally located in close proximity to numerous Air Force and Air National Guard tanker units and Army installations,” the group writes.

Whiteman is on the list of four air bases under consideration for the the first Reserve-led F-35 base, according to the Air Force.

The decision is expected by the end of the year. But don’t expect the aircraft to show up anytime soon.

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