Flight Path: When resistance takes off

An in-depth report on the grassroots opposition to basing F-35 fighter jets in Madison.

Available as an audio documentary and a four-part written series, Flight Path is a partnership project of Tone Madison, Communication, and Northside News. The Air Force officially chose Madison as a site for the jets in April. But the fight continues in areas that stand to bear the brunt of the F-35s’ noise, environmental, and economic impacts. These efforts have already brought neighbors together to organize and advocate for their communities in a changing Madison.

Reporter Oona Mackesey-Green focuses on the people and the work behind the opposition, and the very real human impact the presence of fighter jets has on some of Madison’s most diverse and affordable neighborhoods.


Flight Path is available as an hour-long audio documentary. Listen here or subscribe to the Tone Madison Podcast on the podcasting platform of your choice.


Flight Path will also be published serially as a four-part written report.

  1. May 6: How F-35s galvanized neighbors in Eken Park
  2. May 7: Rights signed away and forgotten
  3. May 11: “Loud but affordable”
  4. May 12: The fight continues

Learn more and take action

Safe Skies Clean Water Wisconsin Coalition 

Draft and Final Environmental Impact Statement

Information about PFAS in Madison from the Midwest Environmental Justice Organization

F-35 EIS Staff Analysis from the Mayor’s office

Avigation easement information from Solidarity Realty

Support independent journalism in Madison

There are a few ways to help out the organizations that partnered up to create Flight Path.

Credits and acknowledgements

Reported, produced, and written by Oona Mackesey-Green

Facilitation and additional production by Tessa Echeverria Perez

Audio edited by Sarah Jennings Evans

Theme music by Auscultation

Graphics by Scott Gordon, Oona Mackesey-Green, and Mark Riechers

Text edited by Scott Gordon

Flight Path is supported in part by a grant from the SASY Neighborhood Association.

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