It is wise to figure out in advance what will be the noise levels. In reality modern fighter jets based at Gowen Field and flying all day and night should not even be considered. I live just over three miles from the west end of the airport, and despite the brass’ assurances at Gowen they would practice higher take-off altitudes and shut their afterburners off at the end of the runway, it did not work out that way with the recent F-15’s. Turning left upon exiting the runway did not happen. When they did turn they were past Nampa. Landing in groups is another problem. Pilots have to throttle up a lot to stay in the air on their way down. The noise was deafening. F-35’s are even louder. Why our leaders and politicians want these planes in Boise is beyond me. Mountain Home could use the economic boost and the state would lose nothing. Black exhaust droplets from all the planes pepper my house and must be scrubbed off. I wonder what I am breathing. A composite base in Mountain Home makes more sense and would secure its economic future for years.
Michael DeJulis, Boise