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Contested Navy flights resume around Central Whidbey

January 9, 2013 · Updated 2:13 PM
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The U.S. Navy has started flight operations at the Outlying Field in Coupeville on Tuesday, January 8 for aircraft squadrons stationed at NAS Whidbey Island.

Field carrier landing operations are scheduled to occur in the afternoon to early evening hours Tuesday through Thursday, and during the afternoon on Friday. Flight operations are subject to change due to weather, operational and/or training requirements.

Although some Central Whidbey neighbors complain about the noise, the Navy describes its Outlying Field as “a critical national security asset that provides essential training for Navy pilots based at NAS Whidbey Island to conduct safe and effective aircraft carrier flight operations.”

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