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University City residents raise concerns about noise, safety of F-35

Posted at 11:52 PM, Jan 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-30 10:28:32-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Dozens of University City residents attended a community meeting to discuss noise and safety after the recent arrival of F-35 jets at MCAS Miramar.

At the meeting held Wednesday night at University Community Library, residents raised concerns about air traffic surrounding the area and air activity coming from the base.

Some residents remain worried after a military jet crashed into a home in 2008 and killed several people.

A representative from MCAS Miramar addressed those concerns.

"It is fifth-generation technology. So, it has more redundancy systems. It has a lot more safety built into the airframe," said Kristin Camper, Community Plans Liaison Officer with MCAS Miramar.

Camper said there are some differences with the sounds of the F-35 compared to the F-18 they are replacing.

"The F-35 is going to sound different than the F-18 at different phases of flight," she said. "They are going to be a little louder on departure, on the approach they're actually quieter."

The transition into F-35s will be slow and could take until 2032. There will be roughly 65 F-35s at the base when the transition is complete.