The (Increasingly Loud) Sound of Freedom

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The U.S. military has been facing complaints from folks living near its air bases that its planes are just too darn loud. Now, low and behold, comes this interesting chart buried deep inside a new Air Force document. The service’s 578-page environmental impact statement on basing its new F-35 fighter at Nevada’s Nellis Air Force Base — on page 3-26, to be precise — has this fascinating fact: basically, the newer the military’s planes are, the more noise they make.