Air Power Picks New Guard Areas for F-35, F-15EX Fighters

The Air Power introduced areas for 2 new F-15EX squadrons and a brand new F-35 unit on April 18, all throughout the Air Nationwide Guard. 

The popular location for the brand new F-35A squadron is Barnes Air Nationwide Guard Base, Mass., whereas the F-15EXs are slated for Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans, La., and Fresno Air Nationwide Guard Base, Calif. 

All three bases at the moment function older F-15C/D mannequin fighters which the Air Power needs to retire within the coming years. 

At Barnes, the 104th Fighter Wing would acquire 18 new F-35s. At NAS Joint Reserve Base New Orleans and Fresno, the 159th Fighter Wing and the 144th Fighter Wing would every get 18 F-15EXs. 

The collection of all three bases is contingent on an environmental affect evaluation, which might be accomplished by the spring of 2024 earlier than a closing choice, the Air Power stated. The service didn’t say when the brand new plane would possibly arrive.

Air Nationwide Guard officers have stated they wish to assign F-35s or F-15EXs to each ANG unit that at the moment flies the F-15. In 2020, the Air Power introduced that Jacksonville Air Nationwide Guard Base, Fla., will get the fifth-generation F-35, whereas Kingsley Subject and Portland Air Nationwide Guard Base, each in Oregon, will get the fourth-gen F-15EX, a heavily-upgraded model of the F-15E. 

The ANG already has one location with the F-35, the 158th Fighter Wing at Burlington Air Nationwide Guard Base, Vt. Guard models at Truax Subject, Wisc., and Dannelly Subject, Ala., are slated to begin receiving the F-35 later this 12 months, which can change their F-16s.

These areas and models are along with the F-35’s Lively-Obligation models and areas, together with: 

  • Eielson Air Power Base, Alaska 
  • Hill Air Power Base, Utah 
  • Luke Air Power Base, Ariz. 
  • Nellis Air Power Base, Nev. 
  • RAF Lakenheath, U.Ok. 
  • Tyndall Air Power Base, Fla. (deliberate) 

Air Power Reserve can be slated to get F-35s at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Value, Texas. 

The F-15EX, in the meantime, remains to be present process testing at Eglin Air Power Base, Fla. The Air Power has but to announce any Lively-Obligation areas for the fighter.