Duluth leaders hope to bring F-35 strikers to 148th

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DULUTH, MN — Military and business leaders from Duluth are heading to our nation’s capitol Wednesday for an important mission.

The Duluth Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee will be speaking with our Congressional delegates and military leaders, and are hoping to convince them to station the F-35 joint strike fighter in Duluth.

The 148th Fighter Wing currently flies the F-16.

Commander Colonel Chris Blomquist says this is the best place to station the new fighter jets.

“We have just got the best workforce up here in the Duluth area, the community fully supports us getting the newer aircraft, and we are very familiar with this mission,” says Blomquist.

The Committee will be in Washington, DC for two days.

If they’re successful, it could still be 5 years before the first F-35s take to the skies over the Northland.

CBS 3 Duluth Staff

CBS 3 Duluth Staff

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