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Air Guard says location, costs factor into F-35s

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COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont Air National Guard official says Burlington is the Air Force's preferred candidate to base F-35 fighter jets because of its location in the Northeast and its uncongested air space for training flights.

Brig. Gen. Richard Harris also says the Vermont Air Guard also had an advantage over Guard sites in South Carolina and Florida because transition costs at Burlington would be lower. He said pilots would train in air space over unpopulated areas of upstate New York, New Hampshire and Maine.

The Burlington Free Press reports Harris and Lt. Col. Dan Finnegan challenged a draft study finding that the number of people subjected to unacceptable aircraft noise would increase with the F-35s. Finnegan said it didn't account for methods that would be used to reduce the noise.

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