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Group formed to oppose F-35

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Opponents of the F-35 fighter jet are getting ready to sue to stop the planes from landing in Burlington.

The National Guard may become the next home for the jets, but opponents hired a lawyer. James Dumont is representing families from Burlington, South Burlington, Winooski, Williston and Colchester who are concerned over the impact the planes could have on their property values. Right now the team has not filed a formal lawsuit.

The jets also have many supporters. Senator Patrick Leahy spoke about the controversy at the airport Monday morning.  He supports the planes and is waiting for the process to work itself out.
"The only reason Burlington is being considered is that our National Guard is one of the best in the country, often times the best in competition. They wouldn't be considered otherwise," Leahy said.

The Air Force is slated to make a decision in November about where to base the planes.

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