A general contractor team, working in conjunction with Air Force civil engineers and the Army Corp of Engineers, began demolishing an old B-52 hangar on the grounds of Eglin AFB, Fla., in order to make room for a new F-35 fuel-cell maintenance hangar. The new facility, which will have three aircraft bays, office space, and a tool crib, is scheduled for completion in February 2013, according to Eglin officials. It will support the base’s new F-35 schoolhouse that the 33rd Fighter Wing runs. Demolition of the 1960s-era B-52 facility commenced on Dec. 15. (Eglin photo caption by Maj. Karen Roganov)
U.S. Air Force F-35s and F-22s regularly deploy deep into the Pacific region from Alaska, Utah, and Hawaii. In the future, though, the head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command would like to see the Air Force permanently station fifth-generation aircraft west of the international date line—closer to China.