Navy To Discuss Proposed Landing Field in Eastern N.C.
Posted February 26, 2007
The U.S. Navy said it wants to use 30,000 acres to create an area where jet fighter pilots can practice touch-and-go landings. Officials said as many as 70 landings could take place a day.
Officials said most of the 30,000 acres would serve as a buffer, but opponents are concerned about the noise and the impact on the environment. With a wildlife refuge located nearby, critics are concerned that birds flying into a jet's path could be sucked into the engine.
Gov. Mike Easley sent a letter to North Carolina's Congressional delegation, asking them to withhold funding for the project until the Navy considers another site.