Public Meeting about F-35 Training in Boise, Idaho

Posted on April 6, 2010 by Fighter Country

by Nishi Gupta KTVB.COM – News Channel 7 ****** BOISE — As the government decides where to house the new fleet of F-35 fighter jets, residents decide whether they want them in the Treasure Valley. The U.S. Air Force is considering storing the jets in Mountain Home and training the pilots at Boise’s Gowen Field. Supporters say it will bring money and jobs to the local economy. Critics are concerned what else will come in the tailwinds — noise. A concerned resident held a special meeting Monday night at Owyhee Elementary school in Boise. Monty Mericle decided it was time…

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Idaho hopeful for new F-35 missions

Posted on February 9, 2010 by Fighter Country

Boise, Idaho — Local leaders are putting together a high-flying campaign to get a fighter jet to the Gem State and are hoping it’s an idea that will really take off. The F-35A Joint Strike Fighter is looking for a home. The Air Force says need for the plane and all the people to run training for it would bring in 3,000 jobs and enough cash to fill a cargo plane. And Boise Chamber President Bill Connors likes the sound of that. “We think it’s a significant economic impact,” said Connors.  “It’s about a billion dollars to support the economy, and that…

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