Cape Gazette

Low flying military planes should be banned

By Eric Korpon | Jan 21, 2014

The following letter was sent to Gov. Jack Markell with a copy submitted to the Cape Gazette for publication.

I was having a quiet morning sorting through some post holiday paperwork this morning when the quiet was disrupted by the sound of several low flying military aircraft.

From some research I've done on this, I understand that these aircraft are on their way to a base in Warren Grove, N.J.  I am told that they are doing "overland flight qualification training" on an air route designated VTR 1709 by the FAA.  I understand that these planes come from various military commands outside Delaware, fly over Indian River Bay and then turn north and fly over eastern SussexCounty at about 1,500 feet.  These planes come at random times throughout the day and the noise can be deafening.

I would appreciate it if you could have someone look into this situation.  The noise matter aside, I think we may have a safety issue.  Military planes are flying at high speed through airspace used by many private light aircraft.  They are also flying low over areas that are now densely populated.  An accident could be catastrophic.

At a minimum, could you make sure the military planes are complying with all noise, altitude and speed restrictions. In the long run could you look into finding them another place to do their overland flight training?

Eric Korpon
Rehoboth Beach


Comments (1)
Posted by: Michael J Trestka | Jan 22, 2014 10:56

Is this a joke? Is it April 1st?  I contacted the state police and they said they can send up trooper 2 to run military plane radar for you..... I also contacted the US military to advise them to shut down all US Air Force bases on the East Coast because their planes are too loud for you.  They stated they understood your concern and will no longer go through proper training procedures to ensure the safety of you and our country.  I recently traveled to Walmart and bought you a $2 pair of ear plugs as my contribution to this matter.  I hope this helps.

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