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Vt. delegation heads to Fla. to hear F-35s

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Gov. Peter Shumlin and the mayors of Burlington and Winooski are heading to Florida to see a controversial fighter jet in action.

The group will get a firsthand look and listen to the F-35 at Eglin Air Force Base on Florida's panhandle.

The Air Force is considering Burlington as a top option for basing a new batch of the military's newest fighter planes, but some worry whether sound levels will have a negative effect on areas surrounding the airport.

Sen. Bernie Sanders says it doesn't make sense to oppose a plane that's already paid for.

"If it does not come to Vermont I can absolutely assure you this, folks in Florida and other states would welcome it with open arms. They would want it," said Sanders, I-Vermont.

Sanders says refusal to accept the new plane could lead to a deterioration of the Vermont National Guard's standing if the current crop of F-16s are phased out as planned.

We have a team in Florida and will have reports beginning Wednesday on the Channel 3 News.

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