180th Fighter Wing plans training in skies above Lima


LIMA — Residents of Lima and surround counties may hear and see fighter jets in the air this morning.

The 180th Fighter Wing will conduct a test of the Aerospace Control Alert system between 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., the Swanton-based unit announced Wednesday morning.

The fighter jets may be in close proximity to a Civil Air Patrol aircraft, which be taking on the role of a Track of Interest, an aircraft that has been identified as a potential threat. These exercises are conducted regularly as part of North American Aerospace Defense Command’s Operation Noble Eagle, initiated following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

The event exercises coordination between the Eastern Air Defense Sector, Federal Aviation Administration and the 180th Fighter Wing.

The exercise flights could be relocated, delayed or canceled due to inclement weather.

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