Westfield’s 104th Fighter Wing selected to receive F-35A

The Air Force has selected the Massachusetts Air National Guard’s 104th Fighter Wing for transition to the F-35A Lightning II fighter beginning in 2026.

The decision means the unit will retire its 18 aging F-15C and D-model aircraft in favor of stationing the Air Force’s latest and most-capable fifth-generation fighter at Barnes Air National Guard Base.

The F-35A beddown includes 18 aircraft. The total number of personnel would increase by approximately 80 people including 15 officers and 65 enlisted military members.

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