US Air Force secretary: F-35 coming to Burlington

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) The secretary of the U.S. Air Force says the F-35 fighter jet is coming to Burlington.

Secretary Heather Wilson sent a letter to the city of Burlington Thursday reiterating her decision.

On Town Meeting Day voters passed a resolution opposing the F-35 basing in Vermont. Mayor Miro Weinberger sent Secretary Wilson a letter asking whether the Vermont Guard could be assigned a different mission, not including the F-35.

Her reply Thursday was a firm no. Wilson pointed out that if the F-35s doesn't come to Vermont, it's likely the Vermont Guard will lose its flying mission.

The F-35 is set to land in Burlington next year.