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Amid Russian aggression, Fort Worth leaders say the F-35 fighter jet’s value is now on display in Europe

Budget hawks deride the fighter jet, built largely in Fort Worth, as a costly boondoggle. But with war in Ukraine, the F-35’s presence is being felt across Europe.

Lockheed Martin dignitaries look over the 100th F-35 fighter after it is introduced in Fort Worth on Dec. 13, 2013.

An economic boon

Feels “like the ’80s all over again”

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