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Why do Marine Harrier jets land at the Wilmington airport?

Ben Steelman

The U.S. Marine Corps now has a refueling contract with Air Wilmington, said Gary Broughton, operations director for Wilmington International Airport. Relatively few of the Marines’ AV-8B Harriers used to land at Wilmington, Broughton said, but more of the vertical/short takeoff and landing aircraft are stopping by, most of them on practice operations out of Bogue Field, the Marines’ auxiliary landing field up near Bogue Sound.

The questioner wrote that the Harriers are “loud enough to wake daytime swing shift sleepers and hurt everyone else’s eardrums.” Broughton said he’s been hearing plenty of noise complaints, too. The airport authority is working with the Marines, trying to get the pilots to use quieter approaches or to stay away from the outlying residential neighborhoods as much as possible.

Citizens who don’t like the noise or who want to complain about specific incidents can phone the Cherry Point Marine Air Station, (252) 466-1092, or New River Marine Air Station, (910) 449-6311. Broughton said the Marines are sensitive to complaints and seem eager to cooperate with local civilians.

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4 Responses to “ Why do Marine Harrier jets land at the Wilmington airport?”

  1. On July 16, 2009 at 9:11 am Tracy wrote:

    I have lived within a few miles of ILM since 1974, once even in a house a few hundred yards from one of the runways. Personally, I have not noticed any significant increase in noise from military or civilian traffic. Maybe it’s like when people live near train tracks and become used to the sound, who knows.

    But for the complainers out there, I have a suggestion- don’t buy a house near an airport! ILM has been there long before you moved in, and if you didn’t take airport noise into consideration before you moved there then that’s no one’s fault but your own. There is a simple solution, though. MOVE!

  2. On July 19, 2009 at 1:46 am concernedILM wrote:

    The gov’t has has a contract for fuel at Air Wilmington for a while, its nothing new Mr. Braughton, maybe it has been re negotiated to better suite the owner of Air Wilmington, so why the increase in activity??? you never answerd the question as always when you talk to the media. You give half and answer to satisfy the common folk.

  3. On September 6, 2010 at 5:57 pm Dick Heiser wrote:

    Semper Fi Marine Corps pilots… They come over my house, are “loud” but that’s alright by me… It is the sound of freedom….

  4. On October 26, 2017 at 1:07 pm Tony wrote:

    I work near the airport and regularly see the harrier jets. They are awesome but really loud, louder than a 747 but to complaints here.

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