Meetings to help determine if 'noisy' F-35 training will be at Luke AFB

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SUN CITY, Ariz. (AP) -- The Department of Defense plans two meetings this week with citizens living near Luke Air Force Base over future training flights involving the Air Force's new F-35 jet.

Tuesday evening's meeting is in El Mirage and Defense Department officials say specific information on how the F-35 will be integrated at Luke will be covered.

Supporters of the F-35 stealth fighter point to the effect Luke has on the local and regional economy. They maintain failure to bring the fighter jet to the Glendale base would be a significant blow to the local economy.

El Mirage officials say they need to know more about the noise generated by the F-35 before they can fully embrace Luke as a pilot training facility for the new jet fighter.

The second meeting on the F-35 is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday in Surprise.

Information from: Daily News-Sun