SOUTH BURGLINTON, Vt. (AP/WVOC) - The U.S. Air Force has approved a plan to base its new F-35 fighter plane at Burlington International Airport in Vermont.
That location was chosen over possible sites in South Carolina and Florida.
The decision follows a lengthy and heated debate in Vermont over the plane, which is designed to replace the aging F-16.
Up to 18 of the warplanes will be based at the airport.
Opponents worry about noise, possible accidents and whether the city of Burlington, which owns the airport, could be liable in the event of a crash.
The National Guard says the planes could be flown in a way that would minimize noise, and supporters contend the planes would help ensure about 1,100 well-paying National Guard jobs.