The North American Aerospace Defense Command will be conducting air defense exercise flights along the Jersey Shore between 11AM and 1PM today.

In a press release, NORAD says,

In order to test responses, systems and equipment, NORAD continuously conducts exercises using a variety of scenarios, including airspace restriction violations, hijackings and responding to unknown aircraft. All NORAD exercises are carefully planned and closely controlled.

NORAD aircraft during this exercise will be flying at approximately 30,000 feet.

Operation NOBLE EAGLE is the name given to the military response following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and applies to all air sovereignty and air defense missions in North America. NORAD is a bi-national command focused on the defense of both the U.S. and Canada, the response to potential aerospace threats does not distinguish between the two nations, and draws on forces from both countries.

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