Air Force to hold hearings on F-22 deployment in Alaska

Posted: Wednesday, September 20, 2000

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The U.S. Air Force has scheduled a series of meetings to solicit comments on the possible impacts if Elmendorf Air Force Base is chosen as home base for two squadrons of F-22s.

Air Force officials will travel to 14 Alaska communities to gather information regarding noise, air quality, public services and land use among other things.

Elmendorf is one of the five bases being considered for the newly developed fighter planes. The planes' prototype is currently stationed at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

The F-22s will eventually replace all F-15s, said Alaska Command spokesman Les Kodlick.

The new planes can travel at supersonic speed without using afterburners, saving a considerable amount of gas, Kodlick said.

The meetings will be held in McGrath, Talkeetna, Circle, Fairbanks, Delta Junction, Chalkyitsik, Eagle, Fort Yukon, Venetie and Arctic Village through Oct. 2.

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