Boise won’t be home to F-35s at this time. It is an interesting debate going on in a lot of these smaller cities and State ANG units whether to request to operate the F-35 given the likely increased noise footprint compared to current aircraft. Boise not selected as preferred location for F-35 aircrafts
https://idahonews.com/news/local/boise- ... -aircrafts
Mayor Lauren McLean announced Tuesday that Boise was not selected for the preferred location for the F-35 mission.
"For several years, Boiseans across the city have shared their concerns about the potential impacts of F-35 aircraft based at Gowen Field," McLean said. "I spoke with many of them over the last year."
McLean goes on to explain the Environmental Impact Statement put out by the Air Force concluded that Boise is not the right place for F-35s at this time.
The United States Air Force F-35A Operational Beddown - Air National Guard Environmental Impact Statement Final – February 2020, which the news story sourced, is available here, http://www.angf35eis.com/Resources/Docu ... b_2020.pdf
and has some interesting analysis on how and where the jet is proposed to be used by ANG units.
Some interesting facts I pulled out of it,
- 18 aircraft is the expected number and will replace 18 aircraft currently in those locations
- F-35 units will fly more hours than previous A-10, F-15 or F-16 units.
- If A-10s are replaced they will flow to other squadrons while F-15 and F-16s are more likely to be retired.
- All training will occur on existing ranges
The other big consideration, noise on take-off, had the following comments based on F-35 take off parameters,
For this Proposed Action, the USAF has evaluated the requirement for F-35A afterburner use during a departure at each of the five alternative installations based on a basic training configuration, airfield elevation, runway length, and hottest temperature on record. The evaluation resulted in minimal to no requirement for afterburner use at any of the installations under consideration. There is no training requirement for F-35A pilots to utilize afterburner on take-offs. Although heavily-loaded F-35A training flights may drive afterburner use in rare cases, that training scenario would typically occur off-station, and would not be required at any of the five ANG alternative installations. However, to ensure that afterburner use is considered in this analysis, the USAF has recommended that the F-35A should be modeled to conduct 5 percent of take-offs in afterburner mode at the five alternative installations.
The report also goes through the noise footprint for the respective basing with the final suggestion to locate at Madison in Wisconsin and to Montgomery in Alabama.