Brig. Gen. Greg Knight, the adjutant general of the Vermont National Guard, announced on Facebook that the unit’s first two F-35A Lightning II fighter jets are scheduled to arrive at the Burlington International Airport on Thursday.
In a video posted Wednesday on the Vermont National Guard’s page, Knight said the 158th Fighter Wing will be the first Air National Guard unit in the country to field a squadron of F-35As.
The exact time of the jets’ arrival has yet to be announced.
“I am proud of the work our #Airmen have done to reach this point and look forward to their future excellence!” Knight said.
Addressing concerns of F-35 opponents, Knight said the jets will not have nuclear capabilities and there are “currently no future plans” for the Vermont National Guard to have a nuclear mission.
In a press release, Col. David Smith, commander of the 158th Fighter Wing, said Vermont National Guard pilots will fly the jest to Burlington International Airport from Fort Worth, Texas, and “they can’t wait.”
“This is such an exciting time for the 158th Fighter Wing, and we are looking forward to sharing it with the community,” Smith said.