|Oceana's future in jeopardy? Probably not, admiral says|
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(There is a non technical study, looks professional, but was conducted by putting instruments near the base and recording a couple F-35 and F-16 landings, it is being used by an opposition group to basing the Air Force F-35 in Florida.) The F-35 will be noisy, the same as the Super Hornet based at Oceana. Even though the Navy version (F-35C) has not flown, the aircraft has the same engine, same intake and exhaust, no reason not be any different then the tested Air Force F-35. (The Navy F-35 is slightly heavier and larger, having to accommodate larger landing gear, required for carrier landing).
Don’t expect any change in any noise studies, and yes the Super Hornet and the F-35 are equally noisy, all modern Fighter Aircraft are noisy.
A little background on the OLF; In 2002 one of the options for basing the Super Hornet (east coast, chosen option) was to base 8 squadrons at Oceana and 2 squadrons at Cherry Point. Included in this option was the construction of and OLF. The OLF option was to support both bases and would relieve some of the Fentress activity.
A site in Washington Co NC was the Navy choice for the field. Opposition to this site caused the Navy to select and review other sites. Since 2002 there have been changes, the way the Navy operates (no Fleet Response Plan), probably no Super Hornets to Cherry Point, and the requirement for a east coast base for the Navy F-35C.
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