The U-S Air Force is rejecting requests for a demonstration of F-35 fighters proposed for Truax Field in Madison.
In a letter to Wisconsin Congressman Mark Pocan, Acting Air Force Secretary Matthew Donovan said a take-off and landing demonstration would "only present a momentary experience of that aircraft's noise which would serve no evaluative purpose." Donovan said the sound impact of a jet is measured as an average of all airplane noise in an area over 24 hours — not with a single flight. Madison is a preferred site for the new 90 million-dollar jets, which would replace existing F-16s. Some residents oppose the F-35s coming to Madison over worries they'll be considerably louder than the F-16s based there.