Exercise flights planned over South Carolina Thursday

PETERSON AFB, CO (WMBF) - NORAD is conducting exercise flights Thursday near Conway, Georgetown, St. Stephen and Greeleyville through the early afternoon, and people can expect to hear and see fighter planes near other airplanes as they practice intercept and identification procedures.

According to officials with the North American Aerospace Defense Command, the exercise has been carefully planned and will be closely controlled to ensure NORAD's rapid response capability.

NORAD has conducted exercise flights of this nature throughout the U.S. and Canada since the start of Operation Noble Eagle, the command's response to the terrorist attacks that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001. Each exercise flight utilizes a scenario to test NORAD's response, systems and equipment. Scenarios could include counter-drug operations, aircraft in distress, aircraft defecting, hijacking, unknown aircraft, Dangerous Military Activity, Temporary Flight Restriction violation or airborne terrorist.

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