Hundreds attend F-16s transfer meeting

(AP) — Hundreds of people attended a hearing in North Pole to weigh in on the proposed transfer of Eielson Air Force Base's F-16 aircraft to Anchorage.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner ( says an audience of more than 300 people gathered at North Pole High School auditorium for Thursday's meeting.

The military is proposing moving 18 F-16 aircraft and three backup aircraft, as well as support and maintenance airmen in order to save money. The move would require that hundreds of military personnel be transferred to JBER and the elimination of 81 positions.

North Pole is the closest town to Eielson and has the most to lose if the military goes through with the transfer of the F-16s and personnel. A decision is expected in the fall.

02/08/2013 - 5:55am