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NORAD to conduct exercise flights over the Carolinas
2014-05-02 | May 02, 2014

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – North American Aerospace Defense Command will conduct exercise flights today, May 2, 2014, as they practice intercept and identification procedures. The exercise will occur over northeastern South Carolina and central North Carolina between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. EDT.  Although they are scheduled for the morning, the flights could be delayed due to weather concerns.

The flights are scheduled to take place in the regions encompassing Columbia, Myrtle Beach and Jacksonville, as well as between Franklin and Fayetteville. People in this area may hear and/or see low-flying NORAD-controlled fighter jets in close proximity to a military or military contracted aircraft, which will be taking on the role of aircraft of interest.

In order to test responses, systems and equipment, NORAD continuously conducts exercises with a variety of scenarios, including airspace restriction violations, hijackings and responding to unknown aircraft. All NORAD exercises are carefully planned and closely controlled.

NORAD has conducted exercise flights of this nature throughout Canada and the U.S. since the start of Operation Noble Eagle, the command’s response to the terrorist attacks that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001.

NORAD is the bi-national Canadian and American command that provides maritime warning, aerospace warning and aerospace control for Canada and the United States. The command has three subordinate regional headquarters: the Alaskan NORAD Region at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska; the Canadian NORAD Region at Canadian Forces Base Winnipeg, Manitoba; and the Continental NORAD Region at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.