Article Photos: Vt. Air Guard hopes for jet, but others fear noise 1/5

In this Monday, Dec. 17, 2012 photo, Master Sgt. Andrew Ehlers does repairs on an F-16 fighter plane in South Burlington, Vt. To people hoping the Air Force will choose Vermont as home to at least 18 F-35 fighter planes, the next-generation aircraft is a source of hundreds of jobs, millions of dollars for the local economy and incalculable state pride. To opponents, the plane is a looming nuisance so much louder than its predecessor, the F-16, it will make life unbearable for people beneath its flight path. The Air Force is nearing its decision about where it will base the planes. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)