Alaskan Delegation

Alaska Delegation posses in front of an F-35 on Monday in Fort Worth, Texas. Courtesy Angelynn DelCueto

U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, and Congressman Don Young, all R-Alaska, toured Lockheed Martin’s F-35 assembly plant in Fort Worth, Texas, on Monday, along with a group of military and community leaders from Interior Alaska. The group got to see the first F-35 aircraft that will eventually be stationed at Eielson Air Force Base starting in spring 2020.

In response to concerns about the cost of sustaining the F-35 fleet, which were raised in a Government Accountability Office report released Nov. 13, both Murkowski and Suillivan said that efforts are being made to reduce the cost of maintaining the aircraft but acknowledged that it was an area that needs more attention.