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Burlington City Council doesn't want 'nuclear-capable aircraft' at airport

By ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: August 13, 2019

BURLINGTON, Vt. — The city council in Vermont's largest city has voted to oppose the basing of nuclear delivery systems at the Burlington International Airport in advance of the expected arrival of F-35 fighter jets next month.

WCAX-TV reports the council voted unanimously on Monday in favor of a resolution that opposes the basing of any nuclear-capable aircraft at the airport in South Burlington. It also calls on Mayor Miro Weinberger, Gov. Phil Scott, and Vermont’s congressional delegation to tell the U.S. Department of Defense that the city of Burlington strongly opposes the basing of a nuclear weapon delivery system at the Vermont Air National Guard Base.

According to WCAX, the Vermont Air National Guard has previously said there are currently no plans for the jets to carry nuclear weapons. They also say the jets are safe and aren’t any louder than the F-16s which were previously held at the base.

The Vermont National Guard, the first guard unit in the country to be assigned the F-35s, is due to take delivery of the first aircraft next month.

The F-35s are replacing the F-16s.

Information from: WCAX-TV, http://www.wcax.com

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