Vt. Guard shows off F-35 simulator

Published: Jun. 1, 2018 at 8:09 PM EDT
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A new look at the controversial fighter jet coming to Vermont.

The Vermont National Guard invited local media to show off an F-35 simulator Friday afternoon.

Vermonters from the Guard have been traveling across the globe showing off the F-35 and its features.

The Green Mountain Boys are some of the first soldiers in the nation to work on and fly the F-35.

A flight simulator was brought in to show other members of the Guard what it's like to fly the jet and they said it was easier than expected.

“I got to experience how to take off, went about 400 MPH in no time at all, got to shoot out two enemy fighter jets,” said Alice Ruffner. “It felt like something I could do very easy, it was enjoyable.

Since this was a media-only event, the public wasn't invited. There are opponents of the F-35s coming to Vermont but the Guard says it's continuing to look for ways to mitigate community impact.

The F-35s are expected to arrive in September 2019.