A new high-tech, high priced fighter jet may soon be taking to the skies at MCAS Miramar, and not everyone is happy about it.
A controversial change is in the works at MCAS Miramar.
The military wants to base the new "F-35" fighter jet at Miramar. The so-called "Joint Strike Fighter" would replace the aging F/A 18 Hornet.
Airfield operations at Miramar would decrease by roughly 17 percent, and fewer nearby residents would be affected by jet noise. But opponents want the F-35s based somewhere else.
They say the F-35's are a safety risk to heavily populated nearby neighborhoods, and will still be way too loud. Critics cite the crash back in December of 2008 when an F/A 18 Hornet slammed into a University City home, killing Don Yoon's wife, two baby daughters, and mother-in-law.
The jet was heading to MCAS Miramar when its engines died.
In March of 2009, a Marine investigation determined that the pilot should have landed at NAS North Island.
It also concluded that the Hornet should have been removed from service when mechanics realized it had a fuel problem.
Four leaders of the squadron were relieved of duty. Yoon is suing the U.S. government and Boeing which makes the Hornet, for negligence.