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Madison Never Even Knew F-35 Jets Flew Into Truax Field

October 25, 2019

The sun still comes up in Madison, high school sports still are being played, and folks are starting their early planning for the upcoming holiday season.  All that is just proof that the sky did not fall, pigs did not fly, and the earth did not spin backwards due to F-35 jets making arrivals and departures at Truax Field. 

According to a spokesperson with the Greater Madison Area Chamber of Commerce, there has already been an F-35 fighter jet presence in Madison.

Erik Greenfield said Thursday afternoon that the aircraft made at least three unscheduled arrivals and departures to and from Truax Field this summer, between late July and mid-August.

The dates and times were as follows:

  • July 28, 2019: 1 F-35 departed at 4:58 p.m.
  • August 13, 2019: 2 F-35s arrived at 6:08 p.m.
  • August 13, 2019: 1 F-35 arrived at 8:30 p.m.
  • August 14, 2019: 1 F-35 departed at 10:13 a.m.
  • August 14, 2019: 2 F-35s departed at 12:20 p.m.

So much for the request to have the jets fly in and out of Truax so to ascertain if they will create an “an all-body experience”, as one critic phrased it in the news story.  The jets have been here, but the vast majority of the public needed to be told of their trips in and out of Truax.  If the F-35 jets were as loud and rude as vocal opponents claimed would not their acute sensitivities have noticed them?  Instead, the opponents were likely walking with earbuds in and listening to loud music, mowing grass with a loud engine, or racing their car engine on the beltline.

The critics to the F-35 jets are far more wishing to make a statement about the Defense Department and national military than anything to do with noise.  Now we have more proof that is so with the news F-35 jets have already been to Truax and no one recognized it at the time.

And so it goes.

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