Dixie Valley Public Testimony on Sonic Booms

Identifier: NC1389

Scope and Contents

The Dixie Valley Public Testimony on Sonic Booms contains documents from either the U.S. Navy Environmental Impact Statement, released in January 1985, or the copies of letters from the public comment period, regarding the use of Dixie Valley, Nevada airspace as a supersonic fighter jet training area. Letters from residents of Dixie Valley and the surrouding area cover the 1982-1985 time period.


  • 1982-1985


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Historical Note

In the mid-1980s, the U.S. Navy initiated plans to use the airspace above Dixie Valley, Nevada, located approximately 80 miles northeast of Fallon, Nevada, as a supersonic testing ground for fighter jets based out of the Fallon Naval Air Station. These tests would result in at least 27 sonic booms per day. The residents of the Valley, primarily ranchers, opposed the use of the airspace for this testing. In early 1985s, an Environmental Impact Statement was released by the Navy.


.41 Linear Feet (1 folder)

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The Dixie Valley Public Testimony on Sonic Booms consists of public comment, from either the Environmental Impact Statement release by the U.S. Navy or from the public comment period designated by the Navy in regards to using the Dixie Valley, Nevada airspace for supersonic fighter jet training in the mid-1980s.


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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by William Klitz in July 2020.


Guide to the Dixie Valley Public Testimony on Sonic Booms
Jessica Maddox
August 2020
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. Special Collections Department Repository

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