Jet change set for Fort Wayne Air Guard unit

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Fort Wayne - The Indiana Air National Guard's 122nd Fighter Wing in Fort Wayne is going to change the type of jets it flies from the F-16 Fighting Falcons to the A-10 Warthogs.

U.S. Rep. Mark Souder announced Friday that the military is making the change because the projected life-span of the A-10 is longer than the F-16, and also because of budget constraints.

Wing vice commander Col. James C. Luithly said the A-10 will span the gap from when the F-16 is retired and when the under-development F-35 Joint Strike Fighter becomes available to the Air National Guard.

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