F-35 jets breed new complaints from Burlington area as the aircraft fly at night

The F-35 night flights are the latest in a list of ongoing concerns from Burlington area residents about the fighter jets, which started rolling into the area one year ago.

The Vermont Air National Guard planned the night training from Sept. 15-17, as well as Tuesday through Thursday of this week. The flights, scheduled to wrap up before 10 p.m, prompted backlash from some residents in the Burlington area. People used Twitter to raise issue with the adjusted hours. 

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“Nothing like unnecessary 120 decibel from #F35’s ay 8:00 PM to thwart the bedtime routine for #BTV’s children,” one user wrote. 

“Is every F-35 in America in #btv tonight?” another asked. “But seriously, training exercises until as late as 10:00 p.m. in residential neighborhoods? This isn’t OK.”

The fighter jets, which first arrived in the Burlington area in September 2019, have been shrouded in controversy. Conversations ahead of their arrival revolved around soundproofing homes likely to be impacted by the noise. Burlington City Council asked the state earlier on in the pandemic to ground the jets.  

The issue has impassioned people to the degree that one candidate running for lieutenant governor has made it his main platform.

 Ralph Corbo’s four competitors pair their names with “Independent,” “Republican,” “Democrat” and “Progressive.” Corbo, whose hometown is Wallingford, follows his with “Banish The F35s.” 

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Contact Maleeha Syed at mzsyed@freepressmedia.com or 802-495-6595. Follow her on Twitter @MaleehaSyed89

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