Media Investigations into the Burlington F-35 BasingEvidence of Corruption in Burlington F-35 Basing Selection

Our mission is to stop the basing of the F-35A Joint Strike Fighter at the Vermont Air National Guard Station located at the Burlington, Vermont International Airport. We oppose the basing in order to protect the over 6,000 people living around the airport from the dangers associated with its basing. Some of these include negative health impacts on children and adults, cognitive impairment in children, reduction in property values, classification of thousands of affordable homes as being unsuitable for residential use, disproportional negative impacts to minorities and people with low incomes, and risk of loss of life from crashes.

SIX AREAS OF CONCERN

 

“THE F-35 JOINT STRIKE FIGHTER IS SLATED TO BE ARMED WITH THE B61 NUCLEAR BOMB AS EARLY AS 2020, BUT COULD CARRY THE WEAPON SOONER”

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THE LIFETIME COST OF THE F-35 IS OVER 1.4 TRILLION DOLLARS – AND RISING.
THE PRICE PER PLANE HAS DOUBLED SINCE 2001.

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AFTER FOURTEEN YEARS IN DEVELOPMENT AND TESTING, THE F-35A STILL

• CAN’T SUPPORT GROUND TROOPS
• CAN’T DEFEND ITSELF FROM AIR OR GROUND STRIKES
• CAN’T HIDE FROM ENEMIES
• NEEDS A LARGER, FASTER, MORE MANEUVERABLE AIRCRAFT TO PROTECT IT
• USES OUTDATED STEALTH TECHNOLOGY
• CAN’T FLY IN THE RAIN OR NEAR THUNDERSTORMS.

The F-35A has had more fleet-wide groundings than any other fighter aircraft in the last 50 years.

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“IN THE COUNCILS OF GOVERNMENT, WE MUST GUARD AGAINST THE ACQUISITION OF UNWARRANTED INFLUENCE, WHETHER SOUGHT OR UNSOUGHT, BY THE MILITARY-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX. THE POTENTIAL FOR THE DISASTROUS RISE OF MISPLACED POWER EXISTS AND WILL PERSIST.”

– PRESIDENT DWIGHT EISENHOWER

“THE F-35 IS BOTH A SCANDAL AND A TRAGEDY” AND IS “THE WORST EXAMPLE OF THE MILITARY-INDUSTRIAL-CONGRESSIONAL COMPLEX.”

– SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN (R-AZ)

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“THERE IS OVERWHELMING EVIDENCE THAT EXPOSURE TO ENVIRONMENTAL NOISE HAS ADVERSE EFFECTS ON THE HEALTH OF THE POPULATION.”

(WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION REPORT: BURDEN OF DISEASE FROM ENVIRONMENTAL NOISE, 2011)

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“A GROWING BODY OF SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE DEMONSTRATES THAT CHILDREN MAY SUFFER DISPROPORTIONALLY FROM ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH RISKS AND SAFETY RISKS. THESE RISKS ARISE BECAUSE CHILDREN’S NEUROLOGICAL, IMMUNOLOGICAL, DIGESTIVE, AND OTHER BODILY SYSTEMS ARE STILL DEVELOPING”

(EXECUTIVE ORDER 13045, PROTECTION OF CHILDREN FROM ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH RISKS AND SAFETY RISKS, APRIL 2003)

“THERE IS INCREASING AWARENESS THAT CHRONIC EXPOSURE TO HIGH AIRCRAFT NOISE LEVELS CAN IMPAIR LEARNING.”

(AIR FORCE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT, 2013)

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