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What’s that loud noise at the airport around 7 a.m. every morning?

John Peaspanen

Q. I live in the Ogden area. Every morning at about 7:15 a.m., I hear a very loud noise coming from the direction of the airport, like a large plane taking off. There’s no other noise like this at any other time of the day or night. Any idea what this might be? I remember noise like this at Anderson AFB during the Vietnam war.

A.  Your ears do not deceive you. According to Gary Broughton, director of operations at Wilmington International airport, a large plane takes off every morning from ILM.

“Delta has a 6:45 (a.m.) departure to Atlanta,” said Broughton. “The aircraft is an Airbus A319. It is not likely that it would use the same runway daily, as that would be driven by wind direction.”

Regardless of runway used, sound carries. Look up. You may just see the Airbus some morning.


I heard some loud noises last night near the airport. Can you find out what those were?

Is there a regulation on how late military aircraft such as the Osprey can practice landings at ILM?

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bernard black

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