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 4 areas of concern regarding the F35
In an emergency the F35 will jettison 9 tons of jet fuel into Lake Champlain.
F35 basing will disproportionately negatively affect low income and immigrant communities.
- Air Force EIS Report
About half of full time jobs are maintainer jobs.
“Land acquisition and relocation is the only alternative”
Of all potential F35 bases, only Burlington basing will have an increased impact on residential land.
- Air Force EIS report
Not basing in Vermont is the preferable environmental alternative.
- Air Force EIS report
“Putting the F-35 into production years before the first test flight was acquisition malpractice. It should not have been done, OK? But we did it.”
- Frank Kendall, Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition
“I was asked my opinion about the F-35. It’s a waste of money. Far too expensive. Give me an F-15 E — less expensive, will do the job.”
- General Chuck Yeager (ret) First Pilot to break the sound barrier.
“We are spending maybe 45% of the world’s budget on defense. If we drop to 42% or 43%, would we be suddenly in danger of some kind of invasion?… We are bankrupting our country and it’s going to put us in danger”
- Rep. Justin Amash, A Michigan Republican
“The (F-35) Joint Strike Fighter program has been both a scandal and a tragedy. It has been an incredible waste of the taxpayers’ dollar…the path we are on is neither affordable nor sustainable.”
- John McCain, Republican Senator
“A billion dollars spent on the F35 creates less than half as many jobs as a billion dollars spent on education.”
The F35 is slated to replace the only other advanced generation 5 stealth fighter, the F-22. After 7 years and wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya, the F-22 has yet to fly a single combat mission.
- Time Magazine
“Most of those [F35s]…are going to have to go back and have a bunch of changes made to them”
- Barry Watts, an analyst at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments
The F35 has “present difficulties [that] are too numerous to detail.”
- Senator Patrick Leahy
“We didn’t model everything as precisely as we thought. Now we’re paying the price for being wrong”
- Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition.
The F35 program is “already a failure” on cost and schedule and said “the jury is still out” on its capabilities.
- Aviation Week & Space Technology Magazine
The F-35 is “worth killing, particularly given its technical problems,”
- Barry Blechman, co-founder of the Stimson Center