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Update December 11: A quick note to point out Patrick Donohue's report in The Island Packet that once the government goes all-in on the F-35B facilities in Beaufort some $352 million will have been spent.
Update December 7: While the construction of F-35B launchpads and hangars in Beaufort will certainly play a significant role in the nation's defense, it's also already playing a huge role in another national front.
Namely, the debate over how serious the Corps is about getting the plane in that they're moving ahead with a multi-million dollar project for a plane that may never go into mass production.
The Marine Corps Times has a nice report; take a read here.
Update September 2: The Island Packet has the official coverage of yesterday's ground breaking; you can check it out here.
Update September 1: The groundbreaking out at MCAS Beaufort was held this morning with all of the pageantry that you'd expect.
The Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce posted a few photos of the groundbreaking to its Facebook and Twitter accounts; check those out here.
Reported August 29: A $70 million project to prepare the Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort for the forthcoming F-35B is set to commence with a groundbreaking on Thursday.
The project is set to be the first of many that will represent some $350 million in changes to the base built in 1943.
If you haven't been following, know that the F-35B was set to be a big win for the Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort but the plane has been struggling to clear testing.