A controversial wind farm is raising concerns about impacts to our local military. ...even if every turbine were lit, "an aircraft flying at 500 feet could potentially strike a turbine blade, with the likely loss of two lives and a $31 million irreplaceable combat asset."
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Military officials warned this week that building the proposed Pantego Wind project in eastern North Carolina would create an unavoidable collision hazard for fighter jets, a development that would force Seymour Johnson Air Force Base to deploy flight training to other states.
Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, located in Goldsboro, N.C., has released its analysis on the impact of nearby wind energy projects to its low-altitude flight training programs. The result of that analysis was that turbines would create hazards to the training missions.
Wind energy development in North Carolina and adjoining states can adversely impact Seymour Johnson AFB aircraft utilize low-altitude training airspace. This report, prepared by the 4th Fighter Wing based at Seymour Johnson AFB, assesses the impact of wind projects sited within or near military low-altitude training airspace. The conclusions of the report are provided below. The full report can be accessed by clicking on the link(s) at the bottom of this page.
The rotating blades on the wind farm's turbines would extend 492 feet into the air, giving over-flying jets the thinnest margin of clearance. The turbines would be erected in an area where Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles swoop in at 500 feet as they approach the Dare County Bombing Range.
Federal Aviation Administration Air Traffic Airspace Branch, ASW-520 2601 Meacham Blvd. Fort Worth, TX 76137-0520