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Navy To Discuss Proposed Landing Field in Eastern N.C.

Posted February 26, 2007 8:43 a.m. EST
Updated February 26, 2007 9:57 a.m. EST

— The U.S. Navy will hold discussions Monday about a proposed outlying landing field in Washington County.

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.