The F-35 is off Idaho's radar. It's grounded. Idaho ran out of runway. We could go on with the cliche's but the bottom line is: Neither Gowen Field nor Mountain Home Air Force Base have made it to the short list to house the F-35, plus its military personnel and ground crew.
The Department of the Air Force said Thursday, July 29, that Luke Air Force Base in Arizona is the preferred base for training, and Hill Air Force Base in Utah and the Burlington Air Guard Station in Vermont are preferred for operations.
"We're disappointed, but by no means are we defeated," said Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter. "We'll have more opportunities to get (future) squadrons, in years to come."
There was some good news for Idaho from the Pentagon on Thursday. The Air Force announced that Gowen Field is one of two candidate operations bases for the C-27J aircraft, a twin turboprop engine which serves as a medium-sized transport plane.