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Duluth Air National Guard personnel keep their eyes on the new bird as the pilot, Capt. Chris Crabb, taxis one of the new F-16 Block 50 aircraft to a stop at the air base on Tuesday afternoon. Crabb flew one of the four new planes from Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany to their new home in Duluth. The nonstop flight took nine hours. (Bob King / rking@duluthnews.com)

148th gets its new jets

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The first wave of four F-16 Block 50 jets arrived at Duluth's 148th Fighter Wing on Tuesday, signaling a new lease on life for the base.

The planes -- the first of 18 the military is transferring from the 22nd Fighter Squadron at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany -- will replace the 148th's current planes, which are slated for retirement.

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