Shaw Air Force Base and McEntire Joint National Guard Base did not make the first cut to get the next generation fighter jet, the Air Force said today..
But local military advocates say this does not mean the F-35 won't eventually land in the Midlands.
The Air Force said it chose Hill Air Force Base in Utah and Burlington Air Guard Station in Vermont to send the first replacements for the F-16 fighter jet. The choices are pending completion of environmental reviews, an Air Force spokesman said.
The F-35s should arrive at the first bases around 2013, military officials said.
A next round of base selections for the F-35 is expected within two to three years, an Air Force spokesman said today. Shaw has some of the newer F-16s.