NORAD to Practice Intercept with Jet Fighters Over Richmond
Jet fighters from NORAD may well be buzzing around Richmond skies next week, as the North American Aerospace Defense Command practices intercepting dangerous aircraft. Charles Fishburne reports.
A NORAD spokesman says this is what you might see:
Ross: People may hear and see NORAD fighter aircraft, in close proximity with contracted general aviation aircraft as they practice their intercepts and identification procedures.
Lt. Commander Jerry Ross.
Ross: This exercise will test NORAD air sovereignty alert sites’ rapid response capability, in order to respond to an aerospace threat, should one occur.
NORAD is a joint US-Canadian Command, founded over 50 years ago as the result of the Cold War, to protect us from nuclear bomber attacks over the Arctic. Today, its mission includes airborne terrorists, hijackings, counter-drug operations, aircraft in distress, among other things. They fly fully armed F-15’s, F-16’s, and F-22’s, and next week’s exercises will occur around Washington, Baltimore, parts of West Virginia, and Richmond.
Charles Fishburne, WCVE News.