"Of all the other bases being considered for the F-35, only our community will suffer such terrible consequences," South Burlington city council chair Greco told a news conference at the state capitol on February 7, appearing with Rep. Cross in support of his resolution.
A day earlier, Rep. Jim McCullough, Democrat of Williston, introduced a non-binding resolution of his own in support of basing the F-35 in Vermont.
Whether the Speaker of the House will let any of this legislation come to a vote is anybody's guess, but the longer the delay, the more people will see reporting from sources such as the Defense Industry Daily suggesting that the F-35 "Can't Turn, Can't Climb, Can't Run" or Business Insider explaining "How The F-35 Turned Into Such A Disaster" as bad news about the F-35 continues to accumulate.
The Air Force initially planned to announce its basing decision in late 2012, then early 2013, and now the decision is expected some time in the spring. Meanwhile the Air Force continues to keep secret the data on which its draft environmental impact assessments were base. The Air Force has denied Freedom of Information requests and internal appeals, which are now in federal court.
Meanwhile, at least for the time being, none of it matters, because the world's most expensive weapons system still can't fly.