WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Barnes Air National Guard base is the Northeast's first line of defense.
The F-15 Eagles at Barnes are taking off for Otis Air National Guard Base on Cape Cod. These fighter planes will return to the skies over Cape Cod in July, but only temporarily.
Major runways repairs are set to begin in July at Barnes in Westfield. During which jets will not be able to fly in or out.
The project is set to take 4 to 6 months. During that time, one third of the personnel at Barnes will be moved to Otis along with the F-15 Eagles.
Although Westover Air Reserve Base is much closer, Otis is better equipped to host the jets.
"They formally flew the F-15 prior to the base realignment and closure decision back in 2005 so much of the infrastructure is in place right now at the Cape to host the F-15s with minimal work and minimal cost," said Major Matthew Mutti.
Barnes will be able to extend the life expectancy of the runway with this reconstruction by up to 50 years.