The Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce has released results of its petition
drive in support of basing the F-35 jet fighters at the Vermont Air Guard Base
in South Burlington, asking South Burlington’s City Council to reverse its vote in opposition.
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
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.
standing room only crowd filled the auditorium at South Burlington High
School Monday night to
weigh in on a proposal to bring new F-35A fighter jets to Burlington International Airport. The
Vermont Air Guard has been identified as a potential site for deployment of the
jets as early as 2015.
The Vermont Air National Guard has launched a public campaign to explain
new generation of fighter jet might affect communities around its base
at the Burlington airport – and in particular, how much noise the jets