Legislation May Not Bar Navy Landing Field

The Navy says a proposed state law in North Carolina that denies the military permission to build a proposed jet landing field won't stop the project.

Navy spokeswoman Lt. j.g. Laura Stegherr told The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk that the federal government has the authority to build the practice runway despite state law.

Democratic Rep. Bill Owens of Elizabeth City said the law would send a strong message of opposition.

The military has proposed building the runway in eastern North Carolina or Virginia. It would allow Navy pilots to practice taking off and landing on aircraft carriers.

The Navy plans to base eight new F/A-18 Super Hornet squadrons at Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia Beach and two squadrons at Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station near New Bern.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by pee dee Location: jacksonville on Apr 24, 2009 at 05:09 AM
    Glad to see some support for the OLF! I have been arguing my case in several blogs and no one who opposes the OLF can back any reason WHY there should not be one.They have their opinions but no concrete evidence that is supported with fact.
  • by Fact Dog Location: NC on Apr 23, 2009 at 06:58 PM
    Their is nothing set in stone;that the military bases will stay in NC.They can go to other states that will welcome them and work with them. Even better than that lets just give NC to IRAN. Then maybe all the people will in NC will understand that FREEDOM IS NOT FREE AND WASHINGTON COUNTY WAS THE BEST PLACE. THANK YOU.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Apr 23, 2009 at 03:15 PM
    I live about 7-8 miles (as the crow goes) from SJ Airbase in Goldsboro, and I just love to see those white trails in the sky and the roar of those jet engines. REMINDS ME OF FREEDOM.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Apr 23, 2009 at 01:28 PM
    To RT, that large sparse area would be right at the Hyde-Dare county Line, about 6-12 miles north of Englehard, where there are no houses around and no commercialization around. If anybody wants to say, "well what about the habitats for the wildlife?" then I say that there is plenty of room for all of this wildlife to go. I am glad that this thing didnt come into Washington and Beaufort Counties, which would have affected those two counties and SE Martin County in a bad manner.
  • by Bud Location: Washington on Apr 23, 2009 at 12:25 PM
    Nice one Rob; here comes the Luftwaffe.
  • by 25Yr Vet Location: Greenville on Apr 23, 2009 at 12:23 PM
    With over 25 years in the Air Force, 10 years in/around headquarters. The Navy has "obligated tax payer money to spend on OLF"...question...is now where? The Navy should review all avenues within the entire Department of Defense. With all the "current bases", "practice strips" in the USA...they really do not need to add another landing strip...If they want to help NC....Then why not use the Global Trans Park in Kinston...? Kinston could use the money and any JOBS they come with the OLF..
  • by RT Location: Greenville on Apr 23, 2009 at 12:19 PM
    Closed bases won't work. They need a large sparse area with little to no light to simulate night carrier ops.
  • by pee dee Location: jacksonville on Apr 23, 2009 at 10:30 AM
    to anonymous:please tell me which closed bases you are talking about
  • by Anonymous on Apr 23, 2009 at 10:13 AM
    I don't understand why they don't use some of the bases they closed instead of building new ones.
  • by Dwayne Location: Greenville on Apr 23, 2009 at 09:53 AM
    The Feds are going to do what they want regardless, especially with the present administration. Dictators do just that, dictate. If our government doesn't care about human life, how is it logical that they're not going to build an OLF because of birds?
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