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Correction: Fighter Jets story

August 15, 2019

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — In a story Aug. 13 about the Burlington City Council’s debate about the upcoming delivery of F-35 fighter planes, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the council voted to oppose the basing of the jets at Burlington International Airport. The council voted to oppose the basing of any nuclear weapon delivery system at the airport, but it acknowledged the jets will begin arriving next month.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Burlington City Council opposes nuclear weapon systems at airport

The city council in Vermont’s largest city has voted to oppose basing of nuclear weapon delivery system at the Burlington airport

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The city council in Vermont’s largest city has voted to express its opposition to the basing of any nuclear weapon delivery system at the Burlington International Airport, but it acknowledges F-35 fighter jets will begin arriving next month.

WCAX-TV reports the council voted unanimously on Monday in favor of a resolution that opposes the basing of any nuclear-capable weapon delivery system at the airport in South Burlington. The resolution also requests that Mayor Miro Weinberger, Gov. Phil Scott and Vermont’s congressional delegation tell the Department of Defense that nuclear weapons delivery systems are not welcomed in Burlington.

Co-sponsor Max Tracy said he feels the jets are too loud, too expensive, not safe and require more testing.

The Vermont National Guard, the first guard unit in the country to be assigned the F-35s, is due to take delivery of the first aircraft next month.

The F-35s are replacing the F-16s.

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