A coalition of more than 40 religious and spiritual leaders from the Burlington region is appealing to Vermont’s leaders to reconsider their support for the Air Force plan to base F-35 fighter jets at the Burlington International Airport.
National Guard officials and Senator Patrick Leahy announced Tuesday that the U.S. Air Force will base 18 F-35 fighter jets at the Vermont air guard facility. Opponents plan to continue their efforts to stop the plane from coming to Vermont. Supporters, ecstatic with the selection, say it’s time to move forward.
Vermont’s top elected officials are hailing the Air Force’s decision to base the F-35 in Burlington. In a joint statement, U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders, Rep. Peter Welch and Governor Peter Shumlin said:
Days before the U.S. Air Force could make its decision whether to base new F-35 fighter jets at the Burlington International Airport, the Burlington City Council voted down resolutions aimed at preventing the planes from flying at the airport. But opponents are not giving up on their efforts.
The city of Burlington has purchased an insurance policy for protection against potential lawsuits in connection with its airport. Now that the policy has been obtained, a delayed plan by the City Council to debate and vote on two resolutions related to basing F-35 fighter jets at the airport can be re-scheduled.