Jets on trial: Air Force meeting draws boosters, foes and questions about F-35s

Wisconsin State Journal, September 13, 2019 CHRIS HUBBUCH

Hundreds of people turned out Thursday to support, oppose or simply learn more about a proposal to station the military’s newest fighter jets in Madison.

The base at Truax Field is one of five locations under consideration, and one of the U.S. Air Force’s two preferred locations, to host two squadrons of F-35 jets. Basing the jets here would result in about 64 new permanent jobs as well as hundreds of temporary construction jobs, but would add military flights and noise that could render more than 1,000 homes “incompatible for residential use,” according to the Air Force’s environmental impact study.