Chapter Six: Cities and Jet Noise: On the Ground and in the Air, How to Tame the Planes that Roared

  • Janet R. Bednarek
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology book series (PSHST)


This chapter focuses first on how airport authorities in New York City and in California, especially Los Angeles, tackled the issue of aircraft noise, setting precedents for others to follow as noise complaints became a challenge at airports large and small throughout the country. In each case, local airport authorities and governments had to work within the parameters set by court decisions, federal policies, and local political realities to deal with the noise issue. In each case, a combination of flight procedures, soundproofing, and land purchases formed the core of the response. The land purchases in particular resulted in significant changes to the landscape surrounding the nation’s airports. The chapter examines local responses in Tampa, Detroit, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Cleveland, and Cincinnati.


Space Technology Industrial Park Aircraft Noise Port Authority Metropolitan Council 
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  • Janet R. Bednarek
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  1. 1.University of DaytonCollege ParkUSA

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