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Air Force upgrading Utah base for F-35 jets

Dec. 20, 2013 - 07:14AM   |  
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LAYTON, UTAH — Utah’s Hill Air Force Base is adding flight simulators and ammunition bunkers after being chosen as an operational base for a fleet of new fighter jets.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it has awarded nearly $6 million in contracts for the construction work at base 20 miles north of Salt Lake City.

Just weeks ago the U.S. Air Force announced it selected Hill as the base for 72 of the fighter jets.

The corps says one $4 million contract will renovate and expand a building that houses flight simulators for pilot training.

Four more simulators will be added for the new F-35 jet. The construction work was awarded to Ogden’s Creative Times Inc.

Another $2 million contract will build earth-covered bunkers for aircraft munitions. That job was won by Zumwalt Construction Inc. of Fresno, Calif.

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