Fighter jets to simulate threat over Springfield, Dayton area

F-16 crews from the Ohio Air National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing will conduct training missions over the Springfield and Dayton areas tonight. CHRIS STEWART / STAFF

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F-16 crews from the Ohio Air National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing will conduct training missions over the Springfield and Dayton areas tonight. CHRIS STEWART / STAFF

Residents in the Springfield and Dayton area might see fighter jets flying close to Civil Air Patrol aircraft from 6:30 to 9 p.m. tonight while jets from the 180th Fighter Wing in Toledo conduct a test of the Aerospace Control Alert system.

The purpose of the event is to exercise coordination between the Eastern Air Defense Sector, Federal Aviation Administration and 180th Fighter Wing, according to information from the Ohio Air National Guard.

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The Civil Air Patrol aircraft will take on the role of a Track of Interest, an aircraft that has been identified as a potential threat as part of the exercise. Although scheduled for the evening, the exercise flights could be delayed or cancelled due to inclement weather, according to information from the Guard.

Aerospace Control includes maintaining air sovereignty and air defense through the surveillance and control of airspace over Canada and the U.S.

These types of exercises are conducted on a routine basis as part of North American Aerospace Defense Command’s Operation Noble Eagle, which was initiated after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. STAFF REPORT

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