U.S. F-22 stealth jets intercepted four Russian bombers and two Russian Su-35 fighter jets off the coast of Alaska on Monday, according to a statement from NORAD.
F-16 fighter jets made an appearance in the D.C. skies Saturday as they responded to an unknown aircraft that flew into District airspace without permission.
A North American Aerospace Defense Command defense exercise is scheduled for Wednesday in the D.C. area. Operation Noble Eagle is expected to take place between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Military authorities say U.S. Air Force and Canadian fighter jets were scrambled to escort two Russian bombers that were traveling in the Arctic near North America.
Those who are too excited to sleep on Christmas Eve can follow Santa’s round-the-world trip with NORAD online or with Google. They use “satellites, high-powered radar, jet fighters and special Santa cameras” for their annual mission.
Despite any inertia in D.C., the North America Aerospace Defense Command will once again track Kris Kringle’s sleigh and reindeer entourage around the globe this year. Here’s how you can follow along.
Civil Air Patrol C-182 aircraft and a U.S. Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter will participate in the exercise — scheduled to run midnight to 5:30 a.m. each morning.
The training exercise — which is designed to hone NORAD’s intercept-and-identification operations — runs from midnight Wednesday into the early hours of Thursday morning.
Two NORAD F-15 fighter jets intercepted a Cuba-bound aircraft and escorted it back to Montreal after a passenger made “non specific threats” on board the Boeing 737 aircraft, the airline said.
Several training flights are scheduled from around midnight to 2:30 a.m. Wednesday as part of a NORAD and Continental United States NORAD Region exercise.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command announced that area residents can expect flights between midnight Tuesday and 2:30 a.m. Wednesday.
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