- Associated Press - Monday, September 16, 2019

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Air National Guard is expected to take delivery of its first two F-35 fighter aircraft this week.

Officials at the Burlington International Airport aren’t sure yet which day they will arrive.

The two Vermont pilots who will fly the planes from Texas to the South Burlington airport are scheduled to leave Vermont on Tuesday.

The guard is due to receive 20 of the planes that are replacing the F-16 fighter planes the air guard flew for decades.

A number of locals oppose the basing of the F-35s in Vermont. They cite the noise the planes will make when taking off and the danger of a new weapons system being based at the Vermont airport, which is located amid residential and industrial neighborhoods.

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