Demonstrators rally in Madison to oppose F-35 fighter jets

About 40 demonstrators gathered at Truax Field in Madison early Monday morning to voice their opposition to the F-35 fighter jets that are scheduled to arrive this spring, according to a report from WKOW ABC-27. Following their demonstration at Truax, which reportedly blocked the base’s scheduled shift change, the group headed to the Capitol to continue their rally.

Madison Veterans for Peace, Safe Skies Clean Water Wisconsin, and Madison for a World BEYOND War hosted the demonstration.

The group called on Gov. Tony Evers to change the mission of Truax Air National Guard to a peaceful one.

The fighter jets have been a point of contention for years. Those opposed say the jets are loud and could pose an environmental threat. Supporters say placing the jets at Truax will create more jobs and boost the Madison economy.