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Air Force: Limited flying of F-35 jets can begin

Feb 29, 2012, 9:16 AM

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) – The Air Force has cleared Eglin Air Force Base in Florida to begin limited flights of its six F-35 jets.

The Air Force issued a military flight release for the Joint Strike Fighters on Tuesday. The jets began arriving at the base last year, but the Air Force had issued a no-fly order for the base because of concerns over equipment and safety.

A base spokeswoman said it is unknown when flights will begin.

The supersonic, stealth jet is the nation’s most-advanced and most-expensive weapons program at $65 million to $100 million per plane. Eglin is home to pilot and maintainer training for the jet.

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