Hello all! I was recently away on a school camping trip to Camp Casey (Whidbey Island, WA). We visited many places including the town of Coupeville. Coupeville is 15 miles from NAS Whidbey Island, but is home to Coupeville NOLF (Naval Outlying Field). Coupeville NOLF is not a very active airstrip from what I can tell. No parking spots, one small runway, and no tower. I assume that if NAS Whidbey Island gets congested with traffic, then they can send aircraft to Coupeville to do touch and go’s.
While on a trip to Coupeville I could hear many military jets, but the low cloud cover and slight fog made it very hard to see. Luckily, two EA-6B’s flew low level straight over the main part of the town. They were in formation at an altitude that couldn’t have been more than 1,000 feet. That was all I could see of naval aviation for the trip, though I could hear jets flying around all the time, I could never see them due to the poor weather. On the way to Deception Pass State Park, we drove right past NAS Whidbey, but nothing was flying. I saw the entrance to the base with a big sign and two EA-6B’s on display.
Another cool thing I saw on the trip was a submarine being escorted by several other vessels. I believe it was from the nearby submarine base, and I think it was a nuclear submarine. I would like to go back and find a good place to go planespotting near NAS Whidbey and I think it is very busy with touch and gos, like Luke AFB in Arizona. Although I always prefer the air force, naval aviation is also very cool. Thanks!