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Wisconsin Delegation Seeks Info From Vermont On F-35s

Air Force Named Truax Field In Madison A Preferred Alternative To Receive 20 Jets

F-16, below, escorting two F-35 jets, above.
F-16, below, escorting two F-35 jets, above, after arriving the latter arrived at Hill Air Force Base in Utah.  Rick Bowmer/AP Photo

A group from Wisconsin is in South Burlington, Vermont, to learn more about how the area is dealing with the arrival of the F-35 fighter planes being flown by the Vermont Air National Guard.

State Rep. Chris Taylor, D-Madison, told MyChamplainValley.com people in the Madison area are “really struggling to know what this means.”

Last month, the first two of what are to be 20 F-35s arrived at the Burlington International Airport. The arrival of the jets, which are louder than their F-16 predecessors, followed years of concern and opposition from some about the noise.

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The Air Force has named Truax Field in Madison a preferred alternative to receive 20 of the jets.

Earlier this month, the Wisconsin Assembly passed a resolution supporting the F-35s.

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