An interesting report on the noise levels of the F-35 fighter jet proposed for Boise’s Gowen Field.
According to the AIR FORCE TIMES–the unofficial newspaper of the Air Force–noise levels of the F-35 are double those of the F-15s which were here this past summer from the Oregon Air Guard.
The AF Times went on to describe the local impact with regard to the economy: “Overall, 2,146 airmen, sailors and Marines would be assigned to the training wing, including 109 student pilots and 436 student maintainers. In addition, 180 civilians would work for the wing.” No doubt they would spend some money here, but overall it would be an increase in population more than anything else.
All of the hype seeking to locate the fighters (which have not even reached the production stage) would be hard to undo once they are stationed here. It would seem to us that in the name of “jobs” the local politicos are willing to settle for insane noise levels. We don’t recall a single politico announcing, “The F-35 is twice as loud as the F-15, but we would like to have them at Gowen Field which is adjacent to residential neighborhoods.”
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