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Vermont F-35 foes file suit to block deployment

July 2, 2014

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Opponents of a plan by the Air Force to base 18 F-35 fighter planes at Vermont’s Burlington International Airport are asking a federal judge to overturn the decision.

A lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Burlington challenges a decision by the secretary of the Air Force to choose the Vermont Air National Guard to be the first such unit to be ready to use the aircraft in a war.

A group of F-35 opponents announced the lawsuit on Wednesday.

The complaint highlights the Air Force’s own Environmental Impact Statement says the jets, considered noisier than the F-16s they would replace, would make more neighborhoods around the South Burlington airport “incompatible with residential use.”

National Guard officials did not immediately return calls seeking comment Wednesday.

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