Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Ault Field

Washington's loudest beach! Just off the runway of Whidbey Naval Air Station, the planes do touch and gos for hours on end. The old prop P-3's are quiet (I grew up with them, a couple miles from the Brunswick Naval Air Station), but these A-6s have got to be the noisiest planes ever made. But it doesn't seem to phase the bald eagles. The air field was probably built over dunes and back barrier wetlands and the base's shoreline is now "protected" with concrete debris, but the main effect here on the north side is due to the presence of rock groins and a stream mouth. They modified the groin a few years ago and that may, or may not, play a role in the recent beach changes from here north.

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