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Vt. F-35 opponents demonstrate noise

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Burlington residents heard a sample of what people living near the airport may hear if the Vermont National Guard lands the military's newest fighter plane.

Opponents of the plane blasted recordings of the F-35 for six minutes in downtown Burlington Tuesday morning. They say they set the volume at a level consistent with the level in the Air Force's environmental impact statement.

Organizers of the event say they want to put things into perspective for those outside the flight path. But not everyone agrees.

"Those folks-- this is what they experience right now, with the F-35s coming here. That noise contour will expand to 3,400 that will experience what that gentleman just experienced," said Chris Hurd, who opposes the F-35.

"I do understand the issue, but the fact is there's a right time and a right place to demonstrate, this is not the right time or the right place. If you want to be effective about it, do it right in front of City Hall," said David Harrison of Burlington.

Officials with the Vermont Air National Guard say they should be able to mitigate some of the additional noise generated by the plane and that its arrival guarantees more than 1,300 Guard jobs.

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