In December of 2016, The Press of Atlantic City reported that the poor air quality was partially responsible for the 177th Air National Guard base not getting the latest F-35 fighter jets. Apparently, our air quality is negatively impacted as the jet stream brings emissions from Ohio and Pennsylvania. At that time, only two bases in the United States were selected of the five eligible. Today, according to f35.com, F-35 flies out of five nine United States bases. The closest of which is at the Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland.
The technology offered at the FAA, it’s strategic location between New York and Washington, D. C., and vast airspace may offer enough to bring the F-35 to the airport. Along with the F-35 comes a significant economic impact to the region.
The Chamber is committed to working with the 177th, FAA, and all levels of the public and private sector to bring the F-35 to Atlantic County.