Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport completes $7.6M runway as aviation recovers from pandemic; Pentagon eyes F-35A fighters

Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport celebrated Wednesday the completion of a six-month, $7.6-million runway reconstruction project with a parade of historic aircraft and an eye towards the luring the next generation of fighter aircraft to the airport’s Air National Guard Base. “It would secure the future of Barnes for a generation,” said William Gonet, chairman of the Westfield Airport Commission. “The 104th puts us on the map and allows us to go after civilian tenants and improvements.”

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