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December 24, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Whidbey jet noise: Don’t be selfish

I don’t normally write letters to the editor, but I just had to weigh in on Monday’s Whidbey “Roaring controversy” article [page one, Dec. 23]. I’m with the Navy, all the way.

Even though I served as an Air Force pilot during the Vietnam era, a time when we weren’t exactly thanked for our service, I have always respected the special skills of Navy pilots. And training is critical to develop and maintain those unique skills. To those who are complaining about the activity at Outlying Landing Field (OLF), Coupeville, what happened to “thank you for your service?”

Is training Navy pilots for their mission something that should be out-of-sight, out-of-mind? Should it be out of earshot so we can enjoy the view in peace? Whidbey Island is a beautiful place, but enjoying the beauty of America comes at a price.

I don’t know about other Puget Sound citizens, but I’ve been living here since 1978 and have always associated Whidbey with the Navy, in a positive way. Those who oppose the flight training at OLF are being selfish.

The Navy pilots are training for their mission, which is to protect all of us, including the very people who are complaining.

Wiley Norwich, Seattle

The question must be asked: Did these Island County residents near the Coupeville Outlying Landing Field and, for that matter, anyone purchasing a home anywhere, do their due diligence regarding potential harm to their “quiet enjoyment” purchase, as the real estate term is used?

The Whidbey Island training airfield was in existence long beyond my required use of the airstrip, day and night, in the 1960s an a Navy jet carrier pilot for training for aircraft carrier qualification. At that time, there were few residences in the area, rather mostly stump farms and undeveloped woods.

Who bought these surrounding parcels and peddled them themselves or to real estate agents when activity at the auxiliary airfield was not in use? And, who failed, seller or agent, to require buyers to understand and commit to disclosure requirements by the county?

Thomas Frey, Kingston

Comments | More in military | Topics: Air Force, Navy, Whidbey

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