Despite an uproar in Washington and Beaufort counties a few months ago, a much different tone is being heard from many Onslow County residents. This as the Navy unveiled that Hoffman Forest was one of six new preferred sites.
An OLF is a practice field where Navy pilots could simulate landings of new fighter jets on an aircraft carrier. These jets are based at military bases Oceana in Virginia Beach and Cherry Point in Havelock.
Some Onslow county residents say they're used to plenty of activity in the sky.
Four other sites are in northeast North Carolina. Camden County's manager said the landing field could be a blow to his county. And the Gates County Commission chairman says he expects local residents will oppose the field because of the noise and loss of land.
Ten sites in Virginia remain on the Navy's list of preferred sites. Commander's say they expect to narrow the choices down between three and five sites by November fifteenth.