MONTPELIER, Vt. — Opponents of a plan to base 18, F-35 fighter jets at the Burlington International Airport hope the results of a non-binding referendum will prompt the Air Force to change those plans.

On Tuesday, 55 percent of Burlington voters cast ballots in favor of asking the City Council to request that the Air Force cancel its decision to bring the jets to Burlington to replace the aging F-16 fighter plans now used by the Vermont Air National Guard.

The first F-35s are scheduled to arrive late next year. Construction is already underway at the Burlington International Airport to ensure the facility is ready for the new planes.

In a statement, the National Guard says it will continue to keep the public informed about its transition to the F-35.