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Re: “Stealth But Not Silent

Oh, and I forgot: A symphonic orchestra--120 dB. So, if noise really is that bad for Tucson, should we lose our wonderful Symphony? I don't think so....

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Posted by Doc on 04/02/2010 at 11:17 AM

Re: “Stealth But Not Silent

One other note, Mike N is dead wrong when he states "each F35 will sound to listeners on the ground like a formation of NINE F-16C fighters flying overhead." He could use the same fact-checkers as he stated Tucson Weekly neeeds. As he noted himself, doubling the sound pressure adds 3 dB. So two F-16's would only raise the noise level by 3 dB; three would be 6dB, and 4 would be 9dB. Also, the amount of pressure decreases with distance, and the jets aren't going to be buzzing low over houses across Tucson. And while this seems to be significant, it really isn't. Most people can't tell the difference between one F-16 and six F-16's flying over based upon the difference in noise alone; in fact, most people would have trouble telling the difference between the different military jets and commercial jets. Don't take my word on it--use your own experiences and use your own judgement.

The numbers also look pretty scary, but consider this: The average office or noisy home is about 60dB; a noisy office, vacuum cleaner, or toilet flushing is about 70dB; lawn mower, heavy traffic, or inside an airplane cabin is about 90dB. And unlike those examples, the plane will only be heard for brief moments, not hours. It's a very small price to pay when compared to the benefits to our economy, the value of our homes, or for living with peace within our borders.

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Posted by Doc on 04/02/2010 at 11:10 AM

Re: “Stealth But Not Silent

Tucson does want these jobs--needs them, in fact. Millions of dollars of revenue are at stake, and the loss of jobs would be disasterous for home values.

As far as the base being a rude neighbor, it's been here since 1925. Almost everyone in town got here after the base, so there shouldn't be any surprise that airplanes fly overhead and make some noise. Folks knew what they were getting when they moved here. Seems the rude neighbors are all the folks complaing about the base that was here first.

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Posted by Doc on 04/02/2010 at 9:36 AM

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