We oppose the basing of F-35 war planes at the Burlington Airport. Stopping the basing will be a significant step toward canceling the whole unnecessary F-35 program nationally and supporting policies that protect our human rights, meet the needs of our communities, and enable real participation in decisions that affect our ability to live a life with dignity.
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There are 5 areas of concern regarding the F35

1. Cost To Our Country

The lifetime cost of the F-35 is over 1.4 TRILLION dollars, and rising. Acquisition costs are 400 BILLION dollars, up 42% from a 2007 GAO estimate. Cost overruns total 1 BILLION dollars. The price per plane has doubled since 2001.

2. Technological Disaster

After fourteen years in development and testing, the F-35A still can’t support ground troops; it can’t defend itself from air or ground strikes; it can’t hide from enemies; it can’t defend itself; it needs a larger, faster, more maneuverable aircraft to protect it; it uses outdated stealth technology; and it can’t fly in the rain or near thunderstorms.

The F-35A has had more fleet-wide grounding than any other fighter aircraft in the last 50 years. It has been grounded for safety reasons more than a dozen times.

3. Military-Industrial-Political Corruption

“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.”

- President Dwight Eisenhower

“The F-35 is both a scandal and a tragedy” and is “the worst example of the military-industrial-congressional complex.”

- Senator John McCain (R-AZ)

4. Health and Harm to Children

“There is overwhelming evidence that exposure to environmental noise has adverse effects on the health of the population.”

(World Health Organization Report: Burden of Disease from Environmental Noise, 2011)

“A growing body of scientific knowledge demonstrates that children may suffer disproportionally from environmental health risks and safety risks. These risks arise because: children’s neurological, immunological, digestive, and other bodily systems are still developing; children eat more food, drink more fluids, and breathe more air in proportion to their body weight than adults; children’s size and weight may diminish their protection from standard safety features; and children’s behavior patterns may make them more susceptible because they are less able to protect themselves.”

(Executive Order 13045, Protection of Children from Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks, April 2003)

“There is increasing awareness that chronic exposure to high aircraft noise levels can impair learning. This awareness has led the World Health Organization and a NATO working group to conclude that daycare centers and schools should not be located near major sources of noise, such as highways, airports, and industrial sites.”

(Air Force Environmental Impact Statement, 2013)

5. Health

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