Why Long Beach Airport will be louder than usual this weekend

Get your earplugs, headphones, pillows or other noise-canceling devices ready, because it’s going to get a little loud in Long Beach this weekend.

Four U.S. Navy F/A-18’s —also known as supersonic fighter jets—will arrive at Long Beach Airport on Friday afternoon for LA Fleet Week, and will leave Tuesday morning. In addition, several large law enforcement, fire and Coast Guard helicopters will also participate, according to a release from LGB.

The jets will take part in approximately 10 out of 25 flyovers during daytime hours from Saturday through Monday near the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro. They are “significantly” louder than the airport’s usual aircraft and are exempt from noise regulations, airport officials said.

Within the vicinity of the airport, the military will use noise abatement procedures such as minimal use of afterburners to lessen the noise, the release said.


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Valerie Osier is the Social Media & Newsletter Manager for the Long Beach Post. She started at the Post in 2018 as a breaking news reporter. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from the Cal State Long Beach journalism program in 2017 and covered the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the Daily Breeze prior to coming to the Post. She lives in Long Beach with her husband and two cats.