Moody Will Get F-35s to Substitute its A-10s, Air Power Says

From Thunderbolts to Lightnings, Moody Air Power Base is slated for a giant change within the coming years. 

The Division of the Air Power introduced plans June 26 for the Georgia base to host the F-35A Lightning II beginning in fiscal 2027, changing its A-10 Thunderbolt IIs which might be slated to be retired.

Moody isn’t the one base set to get a brand new mission to interchange departing A-10s—the Air Power additionally introduced that Gowen Area Air Nationwide Guard Base, Idaho, will transition to F-16s in spring 2027. 

The choices of Moody and Gowen Area is not going to be finalized till environmental impression analyses are full, the previous within the fall of 2025 and the latter within the spring of 2025. 

The twenty third Fighter Group arrived at Moody with its A-10Cs in 2007, and Air Power Reserve Command’s 476th Fighter Group, which additionally flies the A-10, stood up in 2009. In April, the bottom bid farewell to its first A-10 in years, sending it to the Boneyard at Davis-Monthan Air Power Base, Ariz. 

However whereas that A-10 was changed by one from the Indiana Air Nationwide Guard, the Air Power now plans to finish operations of the getting older shut air help plane on the base. In keeping with a launch, the plan is to retire six of Moody’s A-10s in fiscal 2024 if Congress approves the service’s request to chop 42 throughout the fleet. 

From there, the opposite 48 A-10s at Moody can be retired by way of fiscal 2028 and changed over time by two squadrons of F-35s. The brand new fifth-generation fighters would require an additional 500 personnel, per an Air Power launch. 

The Idaho Air Nationwide Guard’s A-10s are slated to start out retiring within the fall of 2026. 

The choice to base F-35s at Moody provides to the rising variety of places the Air Power has charted out for its latest fighter. Already, there are F-35s stationed at: 

  • Eielson Air Power Base, Alaska  
  • Hill Air Power Base, Utah  
  • Luke Air Power Base, Ariz.  
  • Nellis Air Power Base, Nev.  
  • RAF Lakenheath, U.Okay. 
  • Burlington Air Nationwide Guard Base, Vt. 
  • Truax Area, Wisc.

There are one other 5 deliberate places, with plane projected to reach anyplace from this fall to a number of years from now: 

  • Tyndall Air Power Base, Fla. 
  • Dannelly Area, Ala. 
  • Jacksonville Air Nationwide Guard Base, Fla. 
  • Barnes Air Nationwide Guard Base, Mass. 
  • Kingsley Area, Ore.