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July 2, 2014

Exercise increases plane activity

WESTFIELD, Mass. — The 104th Fighter Wing is conducting a practice scramble of two F-15 Eagles this morning.

The intercept mission will occur over the northern Massachusetts, southern Vermont and western New York area, so those communities are anticipated to be affected by increased flying activity, according to a news release from the Air National Guard.

Affected communities include areas around North Adams and Williamstown, Mass.; Brattleboro, Bennington, Shaftsbury and Manchester Falls, Vt.; and Lake George, Cambridge, Glens Falls, and Granville.

The F-15 fighter jets will train with the Civil Air Patrol.

The Civil Air Patrol will be flying a low-speed, civilian, propeller aircraft.

"This exercise is conducted to facilitate training for alert pilots on intercept procedures, ensuring the Massachusetts Air National Guard is prepared to defend the Northeast airspace against any airborne threat," the release said.

"These exercises are carefully planned, closely controlled and include exercising airspace-restriction violations, hijackings and responding to unknown aircraft."

The 104th Fighter Wing is equipped with the F-15 Eagle. One mission of its missions is Aerospace Control Alert, providing armed fighters ready to scramble in a moment's notice to protect the Northeast from any airborne threat.

 

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