MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Assembly has passed a resolution supporting new F-35 fighter jets in Madison despite concerns about noise.
Defense officials are considering stationing two F-35 squadrons at Truax Field. The planes would replace the Wisconsin Air National Guard’s aging F-16s.
But Truax neighbors are worried about noise from the jets. An environmental-impact statement says the noise would render more than 1,000 homes incompatible for residential use.
The state Assembly on Thursday approved a resolution supporting F-35s at Truax on an 87-9 vote. The Senate passed it Tuesday.
The main authors of the resolution, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Rep. Tony Kurtz, argue that placing F-35s at Truax will ensure the base remains open and the noise concerns are exaggerated.