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Sen. Strange visits 187th Fighter Wing, talks hopes for F-35 program

The F-35 (Source: Department of Defense) The F-35 (Source: Department of Defense)
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Montgomery and the 187th Fighter Wing are actively working to land the F-35 Fighter Jet Program. Montgomery is one of five finalists.

Sen. Luther Strange visited the 187th Tuesday to get a look at the work they do.

"Getting the F-35 here to Montgomery is a critical priority of mine, and so is to learn the mission, see what the needs are, lay hands on it, so I can go back and talk to the Secretary of the Air Force about what a great spot Montgomery is for the new fighter jets," said Strange.

He says he's spoken to the Air Force Secretary about Montgomery and to him it seems like a "no brainer" for the jets to be moved here.

"I think we are getting close," Strange said. "The military takes a little bit of time to go through these processes. They just completed the final study in Michigan. So now it will be in the hands of the brass. When I get back to Washington we'll go back to work on that."

Strange added Montgomery has helped its efforts by making "very well known" they want the F-35.

"From the mayor and the chamber of commerce and all the supporting groups here, they have made it very well known that the F-35 is welcome here in this community, wanted here, and they will support it," Strange said. 

An Air Force decision is expected in the next few weeks.

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