Mixed Reaction To New OLF Proposed Sites

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.

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  • by Jamie Location: Maysville on Oct 4, 2007 at 07:23 AM
    The Military owns plenty of land with no families or farmland around let them build this there.Also from what I understand the Navy doesnt really need to build another landing strip.
  • by Lori Location: Plymouth on Sep 20, 2007 at 11:19 AM
    The sound of freedom is NOT having your land, home or job taken away from you and your ancestors!!! I'm all for training, but there are better ways of obtaining land!!!!
  • by harold Location: greenville on Sep 19, 2007 at 06:47 PM
    I lived in Creswell for 35 years moving to Greenville in 2001. I always loved the sound of the F 15 flying over my home.. Also the F 14 from Oseana. Thanks
  • by Jared Location: Greenville on Sep 19, 2007 at 04:49 PM
    As I stated before...obviously there will be those who don't mind an OLF, however the ones to ask would be the ones who will lose their homes, their land, and be forced to move from an area in which many have lived most of their lives. In many cases this also means finding a new means to make a living, as a lot of Eastern Carolinians farm for a living. This story will continue on for sometime to come.
  • by KT Location: Jacksonville on Sep 19, 2007 at 03:37 PM
    "Pardon our noise it is the sound of freedom!"

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