March 26, 2019

F-35s to arrive early

USS Wasp (LHD-1), At Sea - An F-35B Lightning II hovers over the flight deck of USS Wasp (LHD-1)  as it prepares to land during flight operations, as part of Operational Testing 1, May, 22, 2015. The F-35 Lightning II is the most versatile, agile and technologically-advanced  aircraft in the skies today, and will be replacing three legacy Marine Corps platforms; the AV-8B Harrier, the F/A-18 Hornet, and the EA-6B Prowler. (Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Anne K. Henry/RELEASED)

USS Wasp (LHD-1), At Sea – An F-35B Lightning II hovers over the flight deck of USS Wasp (LHD-1) as it prepares to land during flight operations, as part of Operational Testing 1, May, 22, 2015. The F-35 Lightning II is the most versatile, agile and technologically-advanced
aircraft in the skies today, and will be replacing three legacy Marine Corps platforms; the AV-8B Harrier, the F/A-18 Hornet, and the EA-6B Prowler. (Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Anne K. Henry/RELEASED)

By Morgan True

For Vermont Digger

The first F-35 fighter jets are expected to arrive at the Vermont Air National Guard base in the fall of 2019, a year earlier than previously planned, officials said this week.

The accelerated timeline is intended to help the Air Force address a shortage of active-duty fighter aircraft maintenance workers, officials said. At the same time, local opposition to basing the F-35 at Burlington International Airport continues.

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