SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. — A Vermont Air National Guard spokesman says they’ve received fewer noise complaints than they expected after last month’s arrival of the first two F-35 fighter planes.
Capt. Mikel Arcovitch said Thursday the Guard received complaints about the jets when they arrived Sept. 19 and they have since received a few more. He did not have the exact numbers.
The F-35s are louder than their F-16 predecessors.
The U.S. Air Force has rejected a request for an updated assessment of the potential noise effects of the F-35 fighter jets' use of afterburners during takeoff in Vermont.
An Air National Guard base in Madison, Wisconsin, could receive 20 F-35s in a few years and a group from Wisconsin is in South Burlington to learn more about the F-35s.
Many of the concerns about noise raised in Vermont before the arrival of the F-35s are being repeated in Wisconsin. Earlier this month, the Wisconsin Assembly passed a resolution supporting the F-35s.