Tucson Forward began as a community gathered to protest increasingly frequent and louder military jet training over Central Tucson from Davis Monthan Air Force Base. As the Air National Guard increased its training of pilots, domestic and international, at the Tucson International Airport, we expanded our concerns on behalf of the citizenry under those flight paths as well. Both projects are inside the city limits and fly and train frequently over the most populated areas.
We appreciate your interest in going beyond the information provided to you by the Air Force, Air National Guard, and proponents of the F-35. The perspective of Tucson residents who actually bear the impact of military overflights, and the research residents have done to ferret out all the facts on this issue, are very important, since the military and military-dependent industries are, of course, more interested in disclosing and focusing on those facts which support their interests and plans.
We are a non-profit group of volunteers without any conflicts of interest, and are not beholden to large commercial enterprises. We are tax-paying citizens, residents, and locally-owned small business owners of Central Tucson. Because there are many facts which have not been made readily available by the military, you may not be aware of the numerous detrimental effects on Tucson, associated with the overflights. It is a very complex matter, and we are committed to providing you with those facts.
We have worked long and hard on behalf of the entire community of Tucson, to ensure that all pertinent facts on each side of the issue are fully disclosed to the Tucson public and its leaders. We believe our endeavors are worth the time and effort, because an informed electorate is imperative to the existance of democratic process.
As one of our primary concerns has been the F35, below is a discussion regarding that.
Despite the political and military campaigns to sell this aircraft as a positive boon for the cities where it will be based, there is a far more serious and dark downside to having these birds roost in our backyard.
What the Air Force and greedy local politicians haven't been telling us is that this aircraft is so loud and grossly polluting that it poses dangerous economic, public safety, and environmental problems that will drastically affect the quality of life for every Tucsonan for years to come.
Tucson Forward is a citizens group formed with the overall purpose of educating Tucsonans on the many negative impacts the F-35 JSF will have if allowed to use Davis Monthan AFB or Tucson International Airport.
The key issues this group will focus on will be:
1 - To educate Tucson communities on the negative impacts this aircraft will have on public health & safety, and quality of living due to the 120 Decibel noise levels that will constantly bombard every home, school, and business within 10 miles of DMAFB or TIA.
2 - To educate Tucson communities to the negative effects the F-35 will have on residential, educational, and business property values all over Tucson due to the fact that it is 3 times louder than ANY jet that has ever flown over Tucson before, so loud in fact that many properties close to the runways will be condemned or become completely uninhabitable according to OSHA guidelines.
3 - To find out why the Air Force and local politicians CAN NOT IN ANY WAY itemize, quantify, or substantiate the claims that having these planes based here would generate $280 million dollars a year for Tucson's economy.
4 - To show Tucson and it's elected officials that the military aircraft training will not offset the losses incurred from devalued properties, loss of tourism, loss of students at the U of A, and loss of other industrial or business ventures interested in making Tucson their home.
5 - To directly address State, County, and Local elected officials and get straight, definitive, and honest answers as to where they stand on these serious issues and why, and what they are prepared to do to protect Tucson and it's citizens from the negative impacts this aircraft will undoubtedly have on our city.
Other communities also have military overflight issues. There is a myriad of localities in the US where citizens living under ever-increasing military overflights, are voicing the same complaints as the residents of Tucson. Immediately below are several links (an extremely small sample) for articles about overflight issues in some of those communities.
Also included are links of a powerpoint presentation regarding the F-35, which was done by Bob Webb, an expert in acoustics, who lives in Florida.