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Wisconsin State Journal – October 3, 2019 – Air Force denies request for F-35 demonstration at Truax Field

Posted on October 4, 2019


Air Force denies request for F-35 demonstration at Truax Field

October 3, 2019 – MITCHELL SCHMIDT mschmidt@madison.com

The U.S. Air Force has denied requests for a demonstration of the noise difference between the F-16 jets already present at Truax Field and proposed, louder F-35 jets.

In a letter to U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Black Earth, acting Air Force Secretary Matthew Donovan said an F-35 take-off and landing demonstration at the Madison-based airfield would “only present a momentary experience of that aircraft’s noise, which would serve no evaluative purpose” and would “inject subjectivity that would undermine the deliberative environmental analysis.”

Donovan said the sound impact of a jet is measured as…

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