The U.S. Air Force has identifiedÂ four candidate bases that could house the first set of first Reserve-ledÂ F-35 fighter jets andÂ a set of criteria to findÂ potential bases forÂ two Air National Guard squadrons that will receive F-35AÂ variants.
The Air ForceÂ said Tuesday it will announce its choice in the fall betweenÂ Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona; Homestead Air Reserve Base, Florida; Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas and Whiteman AFB, Missouri.
TheÂ first Reserve-led location and the Air National Guard squadrons will start to receive theirÂ F-35A aircraft in 2023 and 2022, respectively.
Criteria to select candidate bases for the squadrons includesÂ mission requirements, space and facility features, environmental requirements and cost considerations.
Candidate bases will be chosen fromÂ Guard installations with runways of approximatelyÂ 8,000 feet and operational A-10, F-16 or F-15.
Air Force leaders will identify installations in the summer and those locations will be subsequently visited byÂ theÂ Air Combat Command and Air National Guard toÂ performÂ site surveys.