Letters to the Editor

Put F-35B in desert, not in our backyards

The editorial regarding the Navy's decision to bring F-35Bs to Beaufort stated, "To make something of this opportunity, we need to be adamant about no new construction in the noise zones."

Some historical perspective: The 5,800-acre Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort was reactivated in the late '50s. Early aircraft included the benign A-4. Then came the louder F-4 Phantom, and in the 1970s and '80s the larger, heavier, much louder F-18 Hornet.

The F-35B could be two to four times louder.

Through the years, several lawsuits affirmed the progressively louder planes can constitute a Fifth Amendment taking of private property.

The noise of greatest concern will take place during takeoff and landing procedures. When air station residents complained about its location, the Marine Corps moved the landing area as far from the station population as possible and even closer to the residents in proximity to the air station. Marine Corps air stations in North Carolina and Florida are two to four times larger than Beaufort. Cherry Point, N.C., and Yuma, Ariz., have alternative landing fields.

The F-35B does not belong at this small air station. It belongs in the desert and not in our backyards.

We have property rights, without the F-35B's safety, noise and health intrusion. The issue is the air station encroaching on the residents, not new construction in the noise zones.

Larry Roane Lady's Island

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