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Vermont Guard's fleet of F-16s nearly fixed after storm damage

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SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. -

The Vermont Air National Guard says its fleet of F-16s, damaged by a recent storm, is almost fully operational.

Three of the fighter jets have been completely fixed. Two more are expected to be mission ready by the end of the day, but a sixth plane will remain grounded while the guard waits for vertical tail parts. The F-16s were damaged when winds from a July 8 storm collapsed faulty hangar doors. The guard says the majority of the repairs were completed weeks ahead of schedule.

"The fact that 5 of the 6 are already repaired and fully mission capable in this time period is incredible and it's a testament to the men and women of the Vermont Air National Guard," said Lt. Col. David Shevchik, 158th Maintenance Squadron Commander.

The guard says those faulty hangar doors have been removed and civil engineers are still assessing the structural integrity of two of the hangars.

Officials do not know when the sixth F-16 will be able to fly again. The cost of the storm damage is still being compiled.

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