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Press Release | Aug. 11, 2014

NORAD fighters to exercise over Phoenix

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – North American Aerospace Defense Command will conduct exercise flights over Phoenix Aug. 12 between 10 a.m. and Noon MDT, with fighter jets practicing the command’s intercept and identification procedures.

People in the area may hear and/or see NORAD-controlled fighter jets in close proximity to other military or military-contracted aircraft, which will simulate the role of an aircraft of interest.

Although flights are scheduled for the morning hours, the flights could be delayed or cancelled due to weather.

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

NORAD has conducted a number of exercise flights throughout Canada and the U.S. since the start of Operation Noble Eagle, the command’s response to the terrorist attacks 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 U.S. 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.