F-35s Coming to Tyndall Air Force Base

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An F-35A Lightning II taxis before takeoff to participate in simulated defensive counter air operations Dec. 8, 2016, at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. (U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Peter Thompson)
An F-35A Lightning II taxis before takeoff to participate in simulated defensive counter air operations Dec. 8, 2016, at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. (U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Peter Thompson)

MEXICO BEACH, Fla.  — The Trump administration is confirming that a U.S. Air Force base in the Florida Panhandle that was devastated by Hurricane Michael will be rebuilt so it can house F-35 fighter jets.

Vice President Mike Pence tweeted Tuesday that squadrons of F-35 fighter jets will be based at Tyndall Air Force Base outside Panama City beginning in 2023.

The Air Force had previously conducted an evaluation showing Tyndall can accommodate three F-35 squadrons.

With 11,000 military and civilian workers, the base suffered catastrophic damage from the Category 5 storm last October. The estimated cost to rebuild the base is $4.7 billion.

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Most of the F-22 Raptor fighter jets that were housed at Tyndall before the hurricane were moved to other bases.

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