Friday, July 2, 2010

1st new jets arrive for Indiana Air Guard unit

Published by the Chicago Tribune:

Associated Press

8:27 a.m. CDT, July 1, 2010

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — The first replacement fighter jets have arrived at the Indiana Air National Guard base in Fort Wayne.

Four A-10 fighters landed at the base Wednesday as the military starts phasing out the F-16s now flown by pilots with the 122nd Fighter Wing.

Col. Chris Luithly says the F-16s are nearing the end of their lifespan and are expensive to maintain. He says the conversion to the A-10 Warthogs keep more jobs at the base.

The unit expects it will have about 20 A-10s when the conversion is completed.

Officials say more hangar space will be built at Fort Wayne International Airport to accommodate the larger planes.


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