Truax Field

The communities most affected are overwhelmingly against a squadron of F-35 jets at Truax Field. Some feel betrayed by progressive leaders like U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan and Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway. Read more

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A leaked Air Force memo concedes that afterburners are likely to be used much more frequently with F-35 fighter jets at Truax than originally claimed. The auxiliary burners are used for an extra boost — and they’re intensely loud. Read more

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David Michael Miller

An environmental study found that F-35s would make life unpleasant — perhaps unlivable — for some people living near Truax Field. For residents, the silence from local officials is deafening. Read more

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Eric Tadsen

Truax Field has been in Madison since World War II, but many local residents don’t know what goes on there or what Guard members do there. Jay Rath took a tour. Read more

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Eric Tadsen

Truax Field brings an estimated $100 million a year in economic benefits to Madison. While officials and boosters fret about what would happen if Madison lost the base, others say the benefits aren’t worth it. Read more

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Residents near the airport have long complained about thunderous noise from the F-16 fighter jets. With Truax Field in line for the more advanced F-35s, will the area become unlivable? Read more

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Wisconsin Historical Society

It was originally a marsh. Later, it was a city unto itself, with two movie theaters, a clinic, hospital, dentists, recreation rooms, a library, 20 warehouses, an obstacle course, firing range, and chapels “at convenient points on the field.” Read more

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David Michael Miller

Madison’s Truax Field is a candidate to host F-35 fighter jets. A group has formed in opposition, citing noise, cost and misplaced priorities. Read more

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The Air Force National Guard in Madison recently dispatched jets to help in areas affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. But guard personnel say their aging fleet threatens their mission and the future of Truax. Read more

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