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.
Date posted: July 15, 2009
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