Residents fed up with fighter jet noise. Madison, Wisconsin residents gird themselves as the U.S. Air Force looks for two bases to house F-35 Lightning IIs, with Truax Field in Madison on the finalist short list. The residents are concerned because they are already exposed to jet noise from F-16s. One resident stated that the “windows of her home on Madison’s north side rattle when military jets from Truax fly over.” Another described the F-16 noise as “ear-shattering.”
Naturally, there are forces who want the F-35 to come to Madison, claiming that the move “could create hundreds of jobs” (emphasis added). Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce president Zach Brandon asserts that “the economic benefits and the need for communities to contribute to national defense efforts outweigh the annoyance of noise” (emphasis added). Apparently Zach Brandon does not live over the flight path nor is aware of the health implications of noise exposure. Or maybe he’s just distracted by visions of dollar bills. Good luck, Madison residents.