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180th Fighter Wing conducting Aerospace Control Alert system tests today

You may see or hear F-16 fighter jets taking off and landing from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the Fowler, Flint and Tuscola, Michigan areas.
Credit: 180th Fighter Wing (Senior Master Sgt. Beth Holliker)
An F-16 Fighting Falcon, assigned to the Ohio National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing, takes off for a nighttime training mission, June 16, 2020. U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Beth Holliker.

TOLEDO, Ohio — Fighter jets from the 180th Fighter Wing will conduct a test of the Aerospace Control Alert system today from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Those living in and around the Fowler, Flint and Tuscola, Michigan areas may hear and/or see fighter jets in close proximity to a Civil Air Patrol aircraft, which will be taking on the role of a Track of Interest. A TOI is an aircraft that has been identified as a potential threat.

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

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.

Although scheduled for the morning, the exercise flights could be relocated, delayed or canceled due to inclement weather.

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