Marine Corps F/A-18s will roar over Long Beach this weekend

If you like your skies noisy with the screams of freedom, keep an eye and ear out for a pair of U.S. Marine Corps supersonic F/A-18 fighter and attack aircraft (hence the F/A) conducting training flights today through Sunday out of Long Beach Airport.

As for when you can expect them to shake your walls and windows, the best answer is to always expect them. The Marines and the rest of the Armed Services operate on their own schedule and don’t announce their comings and goings other than by date.

And that particular freedom to do what they want extends to racket, too, but, while the jets can make your irritating neighbor’s Harley-Davidson sound like a cloistered nun, the military generally demonstrates some restraint by way of not overly terrifying the community and will use noise abatement procedures when operating in town, including modified arrival and departure flight profiles and minimum use of afterburners.

For best viewing, most avid aviation spotters avail themselves of the upper deck of the parking structure at DeVry University across the street from the airport at 3880 Kilroy Airport Way.

The planes will depart after training on Sunday afternoon.

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Tim Grobaty is a columnist and opinions editor for the Long Beach Post. He began his newspaper career at the Press-Telegram in 1976 as a copy boy and moved on to feature writer, music critic, TV critic, copy editor and daily columnist. He’s the author of several books, including I’m Dyin’ Here, and he lives in Long Beach.
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