Fort Wayne Air Base Making Push for New Fighter Jet Squadron

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana congresswoman says the state's delegation will try to help an Air National Guard base in Fort Wayne land a squadron of new F-35 fighter jets.

Republican Rep. Jackie Walorski tells the Journal-Gazette that the competition is stiff, but she believes the Air National Guard's 122nd Fighter Wing can be successful.

Fighter wing commander Col. Patrick Renwick says the next three rounds of basing decisions are coming up within the next year.

The Fort Wayne unit now flies A-10 attack jets and is scheduled to convert to F-16 fighters in coming years.

The new fighter jet will be used by the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps. The Air Force version costs about $130 million each.