The Importance of A Training Base At Tucson International Airport

What the F-35 Means to Southern Arizona

The F-35 will enable Tucson to continue its critical role in our nation’s defense long after 2025 when the Air Force projects it will retire its F-16 fleet. The new mission will mean our Guardsmen and their families will continue to spend money here and student pilots will continue to live on the economy long after 2025. In addition, the Air National Guard purchases a large amount of goods and services locally from private-sector companies throughout Tucson. In fact, the economic impact of the 162nd Fighter Wing to the local economy is $280 million annually. Thus, the F-35 mission will sustain that positive impact for decades to come.

As a more immediate benefit, if the wing makes the final selection list, Tucson can anticipate receiving millions of dollars from the federal government for construction-related projects for F-35 bed down. Those projects would translate to a direct impact on Tucson’s economy through additional construction jobs. The future of the Arizona Air National Guard Base depends largely on our support.


What the F-35 Means to Our Country

The F-35 program provides thousands of high-technology jobs to scientists, engineers, tradespeople and factory workers in the U.S. and around the world. It also ensures that we maintain our defense capability and technological edge for decades to come.

To workers across America, the F-35 Lightning II is more than the most innovative multirole fighter in the world. It’s a program that will fuel American ingenuity and industry for decades to come.

The parts arrive from every corner of the country. Skilled workers and innovative engineers collaborate on the F-35, which supports 133,000 jobs in 45 states.

The F-35 is rising to the challenges of the 21st century, giving our military the best we can give them to defend our country.