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New allegations in the fight over landing the F-35 in Vt

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SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. -

New allegations this week that Vermont should not be in the running to get the U.S. military's next generation fighter jet, the F-35.

The U.S. Air Force has ranked the National Guard base at the Burlington airport as one of two "preferred alternatives" among six finalists for the F-35. The planes would replace the Air Guard's aging fleet of F-16s and help insure the long-term future of the base.

But these new jets will be considerably louder than the F-16 and that has generated opposition from people who live near the airport.

And now a new twist to the debate-- South Burlington City Council President Roseanne Greco says she has been informed from a highly-placed source in the Air Force that "grave mistakes" were made in the selection process and that Vermont should not be a finalist to host the F-35.

Greco appeared on the Channel 3 News at 6 p.m. to discuss the issue. Watch the video for more.

The Air Force issued a statement in reaction to these questions saying they are "confident the final information provided in the Environmental Impact Statement will lead to a well-informed basing decision."

Ultimately two bases will be selected as initial hosts for the plane, and as of now, Burlington remains one of the top two choices.

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