NORAD Responds to Violation of Airspace
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- NORAD fighter jets responded to a Piper Cub that violated a FAA-established Temporary Flight Restriction zone over Kennedy Space Center today. Two F-16s were diverted from an irregular air patrol and intercepted the small general aviation-type aircraft within the restricted airspace during the 9-minute hold period of NASA?s countdown to launch. The fighters, assigned to Shaw Air Force Base, dispensed threes flares within restricted airspace to get the pilot's attention and then escorted the aircraft out of the restricted airspace to an airstrip approximately 50 miles north of Kennedy Space Center. After the Piper Cub landed, the F-16s returned to base.