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F-35A fighters. Photo: U.S. Air Force
F-35A fighters. Photo: U.S. Air Force

Vermont F-35 foes file suit to block deployment

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) Opponents of a plan by the Air Force to base 18 F-35 fighter planes at Vermont's Burlington International Airport are asking a federal judge to overturn the decision.

A lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Burlington challenges a decision by the secretary of the Air Force to choose the Vermont Air National Guard to be the first such unit to be ready to use the aircraft in a war.

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A group of F-35 opponents announced the lawsuit on Wednesday.

The complaint highlights the Air Force's own Environmental Impact Statement says the jets, considered noisier than the F-16s they would replace, would make more neighborhoods around the South Burlington airport "incompatible with residential use."

National Guard officials did not immediately return calls seeking comment Wednesday.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

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