Costa: Stars Aligning for Delivery of F-15s to 144th

Washington, DC- Rep. Jim Costa hailed the Air Force for their efforts to keep the F-15 conversion at the 144th Fighter Wing on track. Costa was joined by fellow Valley Reps. David Valadao and Devin Nunes on a letter to the Air Force last month reaffirming the critical mission of the 144th and their strong support for the aircraft conversion from the older F-16 aircraft to the newer F-15 aircraft. The Air Force today released a letter stating that the aircraft conversion was in its final stages.

“The stars are aligning to get this done for the 144th, and we’re on track to bring the F-15s home to the base,” said Costa.“The men and women of the Fighter Wing work every day to keep our skies safe. Supporting their mission in any way possible has always been my mission, and I won’t stop fighting until those jets touchdown in Fresno.”

In the Air Force’s response to the Valley delegation, they noted that the time period for public comment ended on April 1st and that a final record of decision was expected by the summer. The Air Force could begin converting the 144th Fighter Wing to the F-15 aircraft after the release of the record of decision.

Conversion to the F-15 mission would add an additional 22 military positions at the 144th, and total payroll associated with these new employees would amount to an estimated salary increase of more than $1.5 million.