South Burlington, VT – Dozens of Vermonters rallied at Burlington International Airport on Tuesday afternoon to press for the removal of the F-35 and private charters.

The jet was deployed here in 2019. There are now 20 active F-35 fighter jets in the state. 

The Vermont Air National Guard takes off and lands the jets roughly twice a day. Advocates with a group called Safe Landing BTV say getting rid of the jet will both help with climate emission goals and improve learning for school children affected by the sound. 

Burlington mayor Miro Weinberger, Senator Bernie Sanders, and former Senator Patrick Leahy all supported basing the jets at the airport.