Sioux Falls won't host F-35 fighter jets despite efforts

An F-35A Lightning II approaches for landing October 15, 2016, at Alliance Airport, Fort Worth, Texas. The 33rd Fighter Wing provided two static F-35A displays for the Alliance Airshow. Pilots and maintainers were on hand to share information about the jet’s capabilities and the 33 FW mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Peter Thompson)

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.