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6 F-16s damaged during storm in Vermont

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SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. -

A severe summer storm that ripped through the Champlain Valley on July 8 damaged six F-16s from the Vermont Air National Guard. At a news conference Thursday at Camp Johnson, guards officials said four of those jets are nearly ready to be used again.

Winds topping 60 mph blew in the doors of two hangars damaging the planes. The National Guard says it is still assessing the damage to some of the equipment. When the Guard lost power at Camp Johnson, they say they lost contact with the National Weather Service which was giving them weather alerts.

They say this is the most storm damage they've had since the hangars were built in 1958.

"Jets were put under cover to protect them from forecasted hail damage, and then when there's lightning within five miles, which there was that evening, safety is paramount to keep our people safe... the men and women of the 158th Fighter Wing performed their duties admirably that night," said Col. Hank Harder of the Vermont Air National Guard.

Members from Hill Air Force Base in Utah will give the National Guard an estimate on total damages to the planes and facilities.

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