/ Modified jan 14, 2013 8:35 a.m.

F-35 Flights to Begin in Yuma

Fourth fighter expected this month; 16 eventually

Pilots could begin flying the U.S. military's next-generation fighter jet in airspace over Yuma as early as next week.

The Yuma Sun reports that this month another F-35 is slated to join the three that have already been delivered to Marine Corps Air Station Yuma.

Eventually the air station will have two squadrons of 16 planes each.

F-35s also are expected to be deployed at Luke Air Force Base near Phoenix.

Tucson had sought F-35s for either the Air National Guard station at Tucson International Airport or for Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. No Tucson deployments have been announced.

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