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First Ever F-16 Station at Madison's Truax Field Has Left

Tuesday, October 19th, 2021 -- 1:00 PM

(Bill Wise, WRN) The first F-16 ever stationed at Truax Field in Madison has left as the Wisconsin National Guard preps for the next generation of fighters to be based there. 

A Facebook post showed the jet bearing number 252, saying it first touched down at Truax more than 28 years ago.  The Guard is upgrading from the fourth-generation aircraft to the fifth-generation F-35 Lightning II.

The new jets should start arriving in 2023 and there will eventually be 18 at the base.  Supporters say keeping the 115th Fighter Wing at Truax will mean 100 million dollars for the Madison-area economy.

Opponents had argued the noise generated by the planes would have a negative effect on the community.

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