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Press Release | Nov. 6, 2023

NORAD intercepts aircraft violating restricted airspace over Rehoboth Beach, DE

Continental U.S. NORAD Region Public Affairs

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Florida – A U.S. Coast Guard MH-65 helicopter, under the direction of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, responded to a civilian aircraft over Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, on Nov. 4, 2023.

The civilian aircraft violated a Temporary Flight Restriction area at 10:55 a.m. Eastern Time and was escorted until it landed safely at a nearby airport.

NORAD employs a layered defense network of radars, satellites, and fighter aircraft to identify aircraft and determine the appropriate response. The identification and monitoring of aircraft demonstrates how NORAD executes its aerospace warning and aerospace control missions for the United States and Canada.

Operation NOBLE EAGLE is the name given to all air sovereignty and air defense missions in North America. NORAD is a binational command focused on the defense of both the U.S. and Canada. The response to potential aerospace threats does not distinguish between the two nations, and draws on forces from both countries. 


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