Tyndall To Get F35 Jets By 2023

Aug 7, 2019

F-35B aircraft pass on a runway after landing at the Akrotiri Royal air forces base near city of Limassol, Cyprus, Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Six F35-B Lightning warplanes, the U.K.'s newest fighter, arrived at a British air base on Cyprus to carry out training and a systems test in the aircraft's first overseas deployment.
Credit Petros Karadjias, Pool / AP Photo

The United States Air Force is committed to sending F-35 jets to Tyndall Air Force Base by 2023. The move could help the storm-damaged base get back on its feet.

Matt Donovan, acting secretary for the US Air Force, announced plans for up to three F-35 squadrons at Tyndall Air Force Base. Hurricane Michael tore through the base last October. Since then officials have working on making the best out of what was left standing. Dozens of airmen have been living in tents because most of the housing was destroyed.

But officials hope Donovan’s announcement means Tyndall can move forward with plans to rebuild into a state-of-the-art air force base. Back in June, the Air Force received $1.67 billion in a Disaster Bill. Which will be used to fund the rebuild.