122nd Fighter Wing not selected to fly F-35 fighter jets

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The United States Air Force announced Wednesday that the 122nd Fighter Wing based out of Fort Wayne will not be receiving F-35 fighter jets.

According to a news release from the Public Affairs Office of the Indiana National Guard, Fort Wayne was one of several bases being considered for the planes.

A-10 Warthog
FILE: A-10 Thunderbolt II fighter, also known as a Warthog.

“This decision is not a negative reflection on the highly awarded, 122nd Fighter Wing or the great northeast Indiana community we serve,” said Maj. Gen. Courtney P. Carr, the adjutant general of the Indiana National Guard.

The Air Force has narrowed the possible bases down to five. Dannelly Field Air Guard Station, Montgomery, Alabama; Gowen Field AGS, Boise, Idaho; Jacksonville AGS Florida, Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Detroit, and Truax AGS, Madison, Wisconsin.

The 122nd Fighter Wing currently flies A-10C close air support aircraft, also known as the Warthog.

“We are certain that, even though we were not selected for this round of F-35 basing considerations, that we will have a fighter at the base for years to come,” said Carr.

Five installations are now candidate bases for the next two Air National Guard F-35 locations: Dannelly Field Air Guard Station, Montgomery, Alabama; Gowen Field AGS, Boise, Idaho; Jacksonville AGS Florida, Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Detroit, and Truax AGS, Madison, Wisconsin.