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Surveillance exercises

NORAD conducts exercise flights along Pacific Coast

North American Aerospace Defense Command is conducting air defence exercise flights along the Pacific coast and over the states of Colorado and Nebraska today.
NORAD F-15s, F-16s, a United States Air Force C-17 and a Royal Canadian Air Force CP-140 are participating in the exercise and will fly no lower than 10,000 feet above ground level. The exercise flights should not affect the public.  
To test responses, systems and equipment, NORAD routinely conducts exercises using a variety of scenarios, including airspace restriction violations, hijackings and responding to unknown aircraft. All NORAD exercises are carefully planned and closely controlled.
The defense of Canada and the U.S. is NORAD’s top priority. NORAD forces are on alert around the clock, every day. For more than 60 years, NORAD aircraft have identified and intercepted potential air threats to North America in the execution of the command’s aerospace warning and aerospace control missions; and maintain a watchful eye over our maritime approaches in the execution of its maritime warning mission.
Operation NOBLE EAGLE is the name given to the military response following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and applies to all air sovereignty and air defense missions in North America. NORAD is a bi-national 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.

An F-16 fighter from 138th Fighter Wing, Detachment 1, flies alongside a Canadian CC-150. The NORAD Command Inspector General's Office conducts periodic inspections of its alert units, testing their ability to employ and control fighters in a variety of scenarios. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Thomas J. Doscher)