Gov. Peter Shumlin was in Florida most of the day Wednesday to hear how F-35
fighter jets compare to F-16s. Shumlin says he doesn’t think the new jet is appreciably
louder than the one it would replace at the Vermont Air National Guard.
Governor Peter Shumlin said he was surprised that he didn’t think an F-35 fighter jet was much louder than an F-16. Shumlin and
the mayors of Burlington and Winooski were in Florida on Wednesday for a demonstration of the two jets.
Peter Shumlin says he’ll travel to Florida next week, where he’ll hear
first-hand the sound of
fighter jets that could soon be based at the Vermont Air Guard in South
Burlington, fulfilling a campaign promise that he made to progressive
supporters who oppose the F-35 program.
the opposition to the Vermont Air Guard’s plans to host the F-35 stealth
fighters at Burlington International Airport is Rosanne Greco, the
volunteer chairwoman of the city council in South Burlington. She says her
experience in a convent and years in the Air Force have prepared her to take on
Burlington is one of two finalists the Air Force is considering to be the home of a new generation of fighter jets, the F-35. But
opinions are split in the Burlington area on basing the F-35 program
Vermont’s Congressional delegation has long called for the
Pentagon to cut its budget. But Senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders and Congressman
Peter Welch all support basing F-35s in Burlington because, they say, it might sustain hundreds of jobs.
And despite growing local opposition, the delegation says it’s committed to the program.