In response to Ken Pickard and Robert Wilbur’s letters to the editor about the OLF Coupeville, according to the Norfolk newspaper the Virginia Pilot, the Outlying Field they are talking about in North Carolina is for NAS Norfolk based turboprop E2C/C2 aircraft, not FA-18s.
The Navy started its search for such a facility in 2003 and has been unable to locate a suitable site as of 2012.
The Navy is now investigating using the former landing field at Wallops Island, Virgina.
According to the Virginia Pilot, the Navy just completed a $19 million improvement to the runway and lighting at the field.
It is located about seven miles southwest of Oceana Naval Air Station in Chesepeak, Va. This will be the field carrier landing practice site for many years.
If they cannot locate a field carrier landing practice site for much quieter turboprops, good luck in locating a site for jets.