Gowen Field is not on the U.S. Air Force’s list of preferred sites for a squadron of F-35s, the Air Force announced Thursday.
The military picked Truax Field Air National Guard Base in Madison, Wisconsin, and Dannelly Field Air Guard Station in Montgomery, Alabama, as its preferred sites. F-35s could start to arrive at those bases in 2023.
Gowen and Air Guard facilities in Florida and Michigan “were reasonable alternatives, but not preferred,” said a statement on the Air Force’s website.
That status will keep Gowen and the others in the running, should the Air Force find a problem with one of the two preferred sites, Idaho officials including Gov. Butch Otter and Boise Mayor David Bieter said in a late-morning press release. Federal authorities will still perform an environmental study of the effects of staging F-35s here, including noise and other possible effects. Dates for that study have not yet been set.
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