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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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Reid Greenmun  - UAVs comparied to pilotied aircraft |68.10.241.159 |09-17-2009 13:17:04
Fred, you mention that the future of Oceana may include expanded use of UAVs. Any idea of the ratio of support personnel that would serve at Oceana for each UAV as opposed to each F-18?

If Oceana remains, how will the futre impact the number of local jobs after the F-18s are phased out?
Wally Erb  - Duplication of Efforts. |192.91.147.34 |09-18-2009 11:10:09
Somehow the concept of the Joint in the Joint Strike Fighter is being overlooked. It would appear to the most casual observer that the simulation and operational training, as well as, operational, intermediate, and depot level maintenance would be better served by combining inter-service resources to take advantage of economies of scale.

I believe that was the premise by which the JSF was conceived.

More over, the simulation training facility being developed by the main and sub-contractors are to be centered in Florida.

If in fact the rudimentary physical, mechanical, and tactical data system characteristics of the platforms are identical, perhaps performance of tactical doctrine and operational training should also be joint.