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Critical Minerals Alaska – Titanium

From F-35 fighters to milk; a critical mineral we use everyday North of 60 Mining News – October 1, 2018

 

Last updated 9/25/2020 at 6:41am

Titanium dioxide USGS critical mineral paint aerospace

U.S. Air Force; Airman 1st Class Isaac Johnson

Alcoa won the contract to supply roughly US$1.1 billion worth of titanium for the U.S. military's F-35 Lightning II aircraft, such as this fighter at Eielson Airforce Base near Fairbanks, Alaska.

Titanium conjures images of the durable and lightweight metal used to build aircraft, replacement hips, high-end bicycle frames and even quality golf clubs. While its outstanding weight-to-strength ratio and corrosion resistance makes this critical metal ideal for these applications, roughly 93 percent of the world's titanium is used to impart a stark whiteness to many of the consumer goods we...



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