(April 16, 2004) -- LB city management has informed the Mayor and members of the City Council that the Grand Prix Association has been working with the U.S. Air Force to arrange a military jet flyover as part of pre-event race festivities.
It's expected to be loud.
An April 15 memo from Phil Hester, Director of Parks, Recreation and Marine says "the original plan was to have the military teams housed at the Los Alamitos Air Force Base, however, due to maintenance requirements, they must be housed at the Long Beach Airport."
It says, "On Saturday, April 17, a B1 Bomber will leave Long Beach Airport at approximately 11:30 a.m., and fly over the start/finish line at approximately 12:10 p.m. On Sunday, April 18, a B1 Bomber will leave Long Beach Airport at approximately 12:30 p.m., and fly over the start/finish line at approximately 1:00 p.m."
The memo says, "The B1 is a very large aircraft and the power plant for this plane is not outfitted with noise reduction technology. This plane is a very slow and extremely loud military jet. The jet will leave Long Beach on Monday morning after 7:00 a.m."
The memo says city staff "has contacted community leaders and affected homeowners associations and informed them of this activity."
In late February 2004 a B-1B bomber arrived and departed in connection with a visit with Boeing's B-1B team. The arrival was relatively quiet; the take-off was loud and clear at LBReport.com's ELB world headquarters near Bellflower Blvd. and Wardlow Rd.
To us, it seemed noisier than commercial flights but not as bad as other military aircraft have been as it made a steep climb over Cal. Hts. and Bixby Knolls
On the other hand, on June 4, 2002, a U.S. Air Force B1-B taking off from LB Airport (in connection with a Boeing Family Appreciation Day" produced the second highest noise level recorded to that date. At the time, LB Airport's Ken Ashmore told LBReport.com said that B1-B registered 123.6 dB SENEL (a previous B1-B take off hit roughly 127 dB SENEL). LB Airport's maximum normal noise limit is 102.5 dB SENEL (with each 10 dB increase roughly perceived as a doubling of experienced noise).
LB city management (which operates the airport) takes the position that military aircraft flights are categorically exempt from LB Airport's noise limits, even when used for promotional, not military purposes.
A year ago, F-18s were used in connection with the 2003 Grand Prix, and in March 2003, a promotional F18 fly by used LB Airport in connection with a CA Angels game.