Ohio air base doesn’t make cut for new F-35A fighter jets

SWANTON, Ohio (AP) — Military officials say an Air National Guard base in northwest Ohio isn’t among the finalists to house next-generation fighter jets.

The Ohio Air National Guard base at Toledo Express Airport in Swanton was among the bases vying to become home to F-35A Joint Strike Fighter jets.

Instead, those making the cut are Air National Guard locations in Michigan, Alabama, Florida, Idaho and Wisconsin.

A spokeswoman for the Ohio air base just outside Toledo says the decision may only be a temporary setback because the Air Force’s long-range plan is to obtain about 1,700 F-35s.