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

1. Its Effect On Vermont

“WE HOPE TO MOVE OUT OF HERE, BUT WE HAVE NO PLACE TO GO”

- JAMIE TUCKER, SOUTH BURLINGTON RESIDENT & PARENT

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”
- FAA

F35 Effects on Vermont

2. Political Corruption

“The numbers were fudged…if the scoring had been done correctly,
Burlington would not have been rated higher [than others].”

- Boston Globe quoting an anonymous Pentagon official

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

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3. Its Effect On Our Country

OVER $400 BILLION DOLLARS
THE MOST EXPENSIVE WEAPON SYSTEM IN HISTORY

“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.

“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.”
- PERI

F35 effects on our country

4. Technical Flaws

“THE PENTAGON IS HOOKED ON THE AIRPLANE
AND REFUSES TO ADMIT IT IS A FAILURE.”

- WINSLOW T. WHEELER, FORMER SENATE STAFF MEMBER

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

Technical Issues with the F35

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