SOUIX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Sioux Falls won't host F-35 fighter jets, despite time, money and effort invested by city officials, who spent this year trying to catch the military's eye.
The Argus Leader reports the U.S. Air Force has chosen five of 18 sites under consideration for a follow-up survey, scratching the South Dakota Air National Guard's 114th Fighter Wing at Joe Foss Field off its list.
South Dakota National Guard officials say the survey would've been the next step for the location to be selected. Col. Nathan Alholinna says the unit is disappointed by the decision.
R.J. Clifft, chairman of the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce's military task force, says a lack of flight training facilities in close proximity to Sioux Falls hurt the unit during the selection process.