Montgomery-Based 187th Fighter Wing on Short List for F-35
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Montgomery-based 187th Fighter Wing is among five Air National Guard units throughout the country being considered to house the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, Air Force officials announced Wednesday.
The F-35 is the military’s most cutting-edge war machine that will eventually replace many Cold War-era fighters like the F-16 currently flown by the 187th. Today’s announcement moves the Air Force one step closer to its final selection of two National Guard units to which the F-35 will be assigned. The final selection is expected in the Spring of 2017.
U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-Ala.) has been promoting the 187th and Dannelly Field as an “ideal fit” for the F-35 assignment.
“Alabama’s 187th Fighter Wing is an excellent candidate for the F-35 program, which is evident by its placement on this short list. The F-35’s next-generation capabilities will give American aviators unquestioned air superiority in combat situations around the globe, and I have no doubt the men and women of the 187th will excel in their mission if selected for this program.
“This is exciting news for Montgomery and the State of Alabama. The 187th Fighter Wing has long been a point of pride for our state, from its impressive combat track record in recent conflicts to its proud history as the legacy unit of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen. I look forward to working alongside my Alabama delegation colleagues and community partners to make the case to the Air Force for why the 187th and Dannelly Field remain an ideal fit for this program."