MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A visit to Florida to compare the sounds of two fighter jets didn’t change Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin’s support of the Air Force basing the F-35 in his state.
Shumlin traveled to Florida with the mayors of Burlington and Winooski on Wednesday to get a firsthand opinion about how loud the F-35 fighter jet is compared to an F-16 as the Air Force considers basing F-35s with the Vermont National Guard at the Burlington International Airport.
‘‘I'm shocked at how quiet the F-35 is,’’ said Shumlin after standing near the runway at Eglin Air Force Base in Valparaiso, Fla., where the jets are being tested, the Burlington Free Press (http://bfpne.ws/W6Q0lq ) reported.
Some residents have worried about the noise from the planes.
Winooski Mayor Michael O'Brien said both planes were loud.
‘‘It didn’t blow my socks off,’’ he said of the F-35. It’s a deeper sound. It’s really hard to compare the whole thing this quickly.’’
O'Brien said he hadn’t decided yet if he supports or opposes the F-35s.
The trip was funded for by the Greater Burlington Industrial Corp., which supports basing the F-35s in Vermont.
Information from: The Burlington Free Press, http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com