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New England News
12:30 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

F-35 Opponents File Lawsuit To Block Jet From Burlington Airport

Credit U.S. Air Force

Opponents of the plan by the Air Force to base F-35 fighter planes at Vermont's Burlington International Airport have filed a lawsuit asking a federal district court to overturn the decision.

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North Country News
12:30 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

City Council Postpones Discussion on F-35

Burlington City Hall
Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

The latest controversy over the potential basing of F-35 fighter jets at the Burlington International Airport isn’t over the plane. It’s about why the Burlington City Council has cancelled a review of the matter.

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North Country News
12:30 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Burlington City Council Hears From Residents About F35 Plan

F35 Fighter Jet
Credit U.S. Air Force

The Burlington City Council heard public comment Monday night on a controversial U.S. Air Force proposal to base F-35 fighter jets at the National Guard base at the Burlington International Airport.

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North Country News
6:30 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Vermont Guard Officials Discuss F35

Vermont National Guard Assistant Adjutant General for Air Brigadier General Dick Harris (left) and Air Guard fighter squadron commander Lt. Colonel Dan Finnegan
Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

The U.S. Air Force is in the process of deciding where it will base a new jet, the F-35. Burlington International Airport, which is the host airfield for the Vermont Air National Guard, is on the short list and a preferred site for hosting the state-of-the-art plane. But the idea is controversial, with split votes in surrounding communities over support for the aircraft.
Thursday morning, Vermont National Guard officials met with the media to discuss issues relating to the F-35.

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North Country News
12:30 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Error in F-35 Report Inflames Basing Debate

F-35
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The U.S. Air Force says information regarding support for basing the new F-35 fighter jet at the Burlington International Airport was overstated in the just released revised Environmental Impact Statement.  But supporters say the corrected numbers are still skewed because officials are counting a petition with more than 10,000 signatures as only one comment.

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North Country News
12:30 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Boston Globe Questions Leahy Influence Over F-35

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An article in the Boston Globe this weekend implied that Vermont’s senior U.S. Senator used his influence to manipulate the base selection process for the Air Force’s new fighter jet.  Those against basing the F35 at the South Burlington National Guard Base are pleased, but supporters say the article lacks credibility.

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WAMC News
5:10 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Shumlin Plans Trips to Florida and Italy

Governor Peter Shumlin
Credit WAMC

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin says he'll travel to Florida next week to listen to the F-35 fighter jet and then go to Italy to give a speech and take some vacation time.

The governor says he heard during this year's campaign from some voters concerned that if the Air Force goes ahead with plans to base F-35s at the Burlington Airport, noise from the planes will plague surrounding residential areas.

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WAMC News
6:00 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

F35 Property Value Report Issued as Opponents Protest Democratic Leaders’ Support

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USAF

A new report from a group that supports siting a new fighter jet at the Burlington International Airport says property values will not be hurt by the increased noise. The report is out at the same time opponents of the aircraft plan to protest a political fundraiser.

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