Our mission is to stop the harm that the basing of F-35 fighter jets at Truax Field, Madison will inflict. In addition, we work to stop the negligent pollution of our waters and force the clean-up of existing contamination of the water supply emanating from the base.
Upcoming Events (check back for more)
The Madison chapter of World Beyond War is very active in efforts and movement-building to prevent nuclear war, including opposing the F-35 fighter jets. Please visit their website for a listing of upcoming events, including letter-writing, community outreach, debates and films: worldbeyondwar.org/madison
“For all its flaws, and despite it being the most expensive weapons system ever developed, there’s no danger that the program will be scrapped anytime soon.”
I watched two
barn swallows swoop
the field we had planted.
unlike the two
National Guard jet
fighters which had
roared us again
and again a hour
earlier, the swallows
were not armed with
four rockets each, and
did not anger me
because I knew
what nation they
guarded, and I sang
aloud to honor them
and their nation.
– Gogisgi-Carroll Arnett, French/Cherokee poet
Watch this 12-minute video to learn more about the damaging effects of F-35 fighter jet noise on children.
produced by Safe Skies Clean Water Wisconsin, April 2023
Colonel Rosanne Greco, USAF (Ret.) sat down for a Zoom meeting on April 15, 2023 to discuss the Burlington, Vermont-area efforts to prevent the F-35 jet from being based in that area.
Why we’re opposed
Air Force & Truax Information
Please continue to contact public officials, write letters to the editor, call in to radio shows and share your views with others!
- F-35 911 call: ‘We’ve got a pilot in our house, and he says he got ejected’The incident Sunday involving the stealth fighter jet prompted the military to ask the public for help in finding the aircraft. A debris field was later located. (Emphases ours) Sept 22, 2023 NBC News | By Josh Cradduck and Phil Helsel Read online “I guess we’ve got a pilot in our house, and he says he got ejected.” … Read more
- A missing F-35 fighter jet highlights the tragicomedy of military spendingAn $80 million stealth fighter jet vanishing for over a day is the kind of thing you’d expect in a farce or satire. Sep. 18, 2023 By Hayes Brown, MSNBC Opinion Writer/Editor Read the full article online The F-35 Lightning II is meant to be the crown jewel of America’s airborne fleet. Each of these … Read more
- Authorities locate debris of F-35 fighter jet that crashed in South CarolinaThe Guardian, September 18, 2023 Read online It is the third event documented as a “Class-A mishap” over the past six weeks, according to a Marine Corps announcement. Such incidents occur when damages reach $2.5m or more, a Department of Defense aircraft is destroyed, or someone dies or is permanently disabled. Authorities found a debris … Read more
- US military asks for help to find missing F-35 fighter jet after ‘mishap’ sees pilot ejectThe Guardian, Mon 18 Sep 2023 Read online Search for F-35B Lightning II fighter jet focused on two lakes after Marine Corps pilot ejected over North Charleston for unknown reason US military officials appealed to the public for help finding a fighter jet after losing track of it over South Carolina when the pilot ejected. … Read more
- Letter | Where are elected officials on F-35s?Sep 11, 2023, The Cap Times Read online Dear Editor: While out in my patio recently, two F-16s took off from Truax Field using the north-south runway and flew southeast over the east side of Madison. About 10 minutes later, two F-35s took off from the same runway and flew southeast in the same direction. … Read more
- Capital Times – Guest Column – U.S. senators could spearhead removal of F-35sCapital Times Opinion | U.S. senators could spearhead removal of F-35s By Diane Michalski Turner | guest column There are battles and there are wars, and just because one loses a battle does not mean that the war was lost. Allison Garfield’s article describing the arrival of F-35 fighter jets at Truax Field last April had … Read more
- Military thrives as needs go unmetAugust 26, 2023 | The Cap Times Read online Dear Editor: I was indoors the other day. I paused and replayed a portion of a podcast and interrupted Zoom as I interviewed new teachers in the afternoon. Why? The F-35s overhead. Where do I live? Near Schenk’s Corners in Madison. When I’m outside I cringe … Read more
- News From the Back Yard UniverseIn episode five, Helena White experiences F-35 fighter jets, a Kestrel and a Coopers Hawk – all at the same time! The News From the Backyard Universe was created by Helena White to explore the happenings in her backyard over the summer of 2023. For more episodes (without F-35s) visit wort-fm/parelleluniverse
- The F-35 Lightning’s Vulnerability To Lightning – correctionDefense News, Valerie Insinna | Jun 24, 2020 Read online Excerpts: WASHINGTON — The most widely used variant of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is currently unable to fly in thunderstorms after the discovery of damage to one of the systems it uses to protect itself from lightning, its prime contractor Lockheed Martin said Wednesday. To safely fly … Read more
- Rep. Porter Plays “JeoparDOD” to Expose Waste at the PentagonYou many know more than some of the Congresspeople.
- Upgraded F-35s won’t be accepted by Pentagon come JulyBy MICHAEL MARROW on June 12, 2023 at 1:12 PM | Breaking Defense An unknown number of new F-35s will be held up as a result of ongoing testing for the TR-3 system, with deliveries expected to start between December 2023 and April 2024. Read online WASHINGTON — Starting in July, newly built F-35 Joint … Read more
- How loud are those F-35s really? We’re starting to get some numbersLucas Robinson | Wisconsin State Journal, Jun 20, 2023 Read or listen online A few excerpts: With F-35 jets at Truax now a firm reality — the first of 20 arrived in April — those who fought the decision to station the jets with the Wisconsin Air National Guard’s 115th Fighter Wing have turned their … Read more