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Burlington Residents Speak Out Against F-35s

The proposal to base F-35 fighter planes at the Vermont Air National Guard still isn't drawing a lot of fans.

Many Burlington residents who spoke during the public comments period at Monday night's City Council meeting were against the proposal.

The Burlington Free Press reports they cited environmental, economic, legal, safety and health risks posed by the new warplane.

The Air Force has identified the Guard installation at Burlington International Airport as the preferred candidate for up to 24 of the aircraft and is expected to make a final decision on the matter later this fall.

In South Burlington, the airport's host city, councilors last month voted in favor of the F-35, reversing an earlier decision. The Winooski City Council voted in July to oppose the basing plan.

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