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  • Expect fighter jets over Irvine as NORAD conducts security exercises Tuesday

    11/02/2016 8:12:28 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 25 replies ^ | 11/01/2016 | joshua sudok
    During the exercises, scheduled for between 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., the public may see low-flying NORAD-controlled fighter jets near civilian aircraft, the agency said. The fighter pilots will be practicing intercept and identification procedures with the civilians, who are helping with the training. “In order to test responses, systems and equipment, NORAD continuously conducts exercises with a variety of scenarios, including airspace-restriction violations, hijackings and responding to unknown aircraft,” the agency said.
  • Liberals planning to buy Super Hornet fighter jets before making final decision on F-35s

    06/06/2016 4:25:17 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    OTTAWA CITIZEN ^ | 06.04.2016 | Lee Berthiaume, Ottawa Citizen and John Ivison |
    OTTAWA — The Liberal government is intent on buying Super Hornet fighter jets, according to multiple sources. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet reportedly discussed the issue last week, and while no formal decision was taken, one top-level official said: “They have made up their minds and are working on the right narrative to support it.” Rather than a full replacement of the air force’s aging CF-18 fighter fleet, it’s believed the purchase will be labelled an interim measure to fill what Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan has warned is a pending “gap” in Canada’s military capabilities. The Liberals promised during the...
  • North Korea's new satellite cruised over Levi's Stadium after Super Bowl 50

    02/08/2016 5:50:10 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 83 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | February 8, 2016 | Nicole Hensley
    North Korea's new satellite cruised over Levi's Stadium after Super Bowl 50 BY Nicole Hensley / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS / Monday, February 8, 2016, 5:29 AM Kim Kwang Hyon/AP North Korea's satellite, which was launched on Feb. 7, passed over the Super Bowl 50 game. Pictured is the country's Unha 3 at the Sci-Tech Complex in Pyongyang in 2012. A "Shining Star" was watching over Levi's Stadium after the Broncos 24-10 win. As football fans poured out of the Bay Area stadium, North Korea's observational satellite zipped by the field at an orbit 300 miles above the Earth at...
  • Military to conduct air exercises over Capital Region

    11/17/2015 3:39:42 AM PST · by markomalley · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/17/15 | Kristina Wong
    North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), the U.S. military command tasked with defending the U.S.'s airspace, announced it is conducting an exercise early Wednesday in the nation's Capital Region designed to hone its ability to intercept and identify air threats. The exercise, named Falcon Virgo, will take place between midnight and 2:30 a.m. and involve a series of training flights involving Civil Air Patrol aircraft, a U.S. Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter, and Air Force F-16 aircraft. Although such exercises take place periodically, this latest one comes as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria warned in a new video that it...
  • Pentagon confirms Army blimp was shot down

    10/30/2015 11:59:22 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 54 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 29, 2015 | Kristina Wong
    The massive Army blimp that broke free from its mooring and drifted from Maryland to Pennsylvania is "actually still deflating," a Pentagon spokesman said Thursday. "I am not able to give you the mechanics of exactly how they're deflating it," said Navy Capt. Jeff Davis. The blimp traveled almost 200 miles north at 30 miles per hour, reaching an altitude of 16,000 feet before it lost altitude and speed, landing in northeastern Pennsylvania. Another Pentagon spokesman confirmed reports that the 240-foot blimp was shot down, but did not know how close to the ground the blimp was when it happened....
  • Fighter jets tracking loose Army blimp over US airspace

    10/28/2015 11:05:52 AM PDT · by JennysCool · 64 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/28/2015 | Kristina Wong
    An Army blimp broke loose from its mooring at Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland around noon and is now being tracked by two U.S. fighter jets, the Pentagon said Wednesday. The untethered device is part of what's known as a JLENS, or Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System. It consists of two aerostats that float 10,000 feet in the air and carry powerful radars that detect airborne threats. The system is manufactured by Raytheon.
  • Fighter jets tracking runaway Defense Department balloon over Pa.

    10/28/2015 11:07:19 AM PDT · by billorites · 45 replies
    WPIV Philadelphia ^ | ABC Philadelphia
    LANCASTER, Pa. (WPVI) -- Action News has learned that several federal agencies are tracking an unmanned Defense Department balloon that is on the loose. NORAD says at 12:20 p.m. Wednesday the balloon, known as a Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System (JLENS), broke free from its mooring station in Aberdeen, Maryland. The balloon is described at 37 meters in diameter and apparently looks like a blimp. A large cord is hanging from the balloon. The balloon travelled through the Lancaster area and was last reported to be in the skies over Lebanon County. Two F-16 Fighter...
  • Breaking: 2 fighter jets track JLENS blimp that has broken free of its tether in Maryland

    10/28/2015 1:23:27 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 45 replies ^ | October 28, 2015 | Foxnews.Com
    BREAKING NEWS: A JLENS blimp that has been tethered at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland has broken free Wednesday and is being tracked by two fighter jets traveling over Pennsylvania at 16,000 feet, a NORAD spokesman said.
  • EMP Nuclear Attack Fears Have US Reopen Cheyenne Mountain

    04/11/2015 12:43:19 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 43 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 4/11/2015, 9:03 PM | Mark Langfan
    Days after Iran deal, Pentagon acts fearing nuclear missile attack that would burn out America’s electronic-based defenses. The Pentagon has decided to reopen the Cheyenne Mountain Air Defense facility, which housed the heart of America’s air and missile defense of North America. The facility had been mothballed in a “cost-saving” move in 2006. Last week, Admiral William Gortney, head of US NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) and US Northern Command, reversed that decision and announced the Pentagon was spending an opening ante of $700 million to oversee reactivation of the Cheyenne mountain-embedded facility. The reason - the Pentagon's fears...
  • Why is the military moving back into base deep under the Rocky Mountains?

    04/08/2015 2:49:04 PM PDT · by Teflonic · 92 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4/8/15 | James Nye
    The Cheyenne Mountain Complex is one of the icons of the Cold War - a self-contained and sufficient town buried under the Rockies meant to be impervious to a Soviet nuclear barrage. It was home to the North American Aerospace Command (NORAD), scanning the skies for Russian missiles and the military command and control center of the United States in the event of World War Three. The high tech base entered popular culture with appearances in the 1983 Cold War thriller War Games and 1994's Stargate - which imagined the complex as a clandestine home for intergalactic travel. It shut...
  • US aerospace command moving comms gear back to Cold War bunker (EMP fears?)

    04/07/2015 11:09:06 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 25 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 4-7-2015 | AFP
    The US military command that scans North America's skies for enemy missiles and aircraft plans to move its communications gear to a Cold War-era mountain bunker, officers said. The shift to the Cheyenne Mountain base in Colorado is designed to safeguard the command's sensitive sensors and servers from a potential electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack, military officers said. The Pentagon last week announced a $700 million contract with Raytheon Corporation to oversee the work for North American Aerospace Command (NORAD) and US Northern Command. Admiral William Gortney, head of NORAD and Northern Command, said that "because of the very nature of...
  • WEST: NORAD Head Says Russia Increasing Arctic Long Range Air Patrols

    02/11/2015 5:21:20 AM PST · by Former Proud Canadian · 11 replies
    USNI News ^ | Feb 10, 2015 | Sam LaGrone
    SAN DIEGO, CALIF. – While Russian military aircraft have stepped up their activity everywhere from the North Sea to the Baltic to the Black Sea in the last year they have also been spotted more frequently closer to the U.S. territory in the Arctic, the head of U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) and North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) told USNI News on Tuesday.
  • Official NORAD Santa Tracker

    12/24/2014 1:41:11 PM PST · by Libloather · 48 replies
    NORAD ^ | 12/24/14
    Official NORAD Santa Tracker
  • NORAD Prepares to Track Santa’s Flight

    PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo., Dec. 1, 2014 – The North American Aerospace Defense Command’s NORAD Tracks Santa website, , launched today featuring a mobile version, a holiday countdown, new games and daily activities and more. The website is available in eight languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Chinese. Official NORAD Tracks Santa apps are also available in the Windows, Apple and Google Play stores, so parents and children can countdown the days until Santa’s launch on their smart phones and tablets. Tracking opportunities are also offered on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Google+. Santa followers just...
  • URGENT - NORAD alert

    10/22/2014 10:47:37 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 33 replies ^ | Oct 22, 2014 |
    (CNN) -- In response to the ongoing situation at Canada's Parliament, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, has increased its alert posture, CNN has learned. That means that it has increased the number of planes on a higher alert status ready to respond if needed. NORAD and Canadian law enforcement and Canadian authorities are in contact, an official told CNN.
  • Jet fighters to fly over D.C. in NORAD training exercise (Tonight)

    09/23/2014 8:34:04 PM PDT · by PghBaldy · 3 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 22 | Phillip Swarts
    Don’t be surprised if you see fighter jets flying over Washington, D.C., Tuesday night. The North American Aerospace Defense Command, better known by its acronym NORAD, will be conducting a training exercise in the national capital’s airspace from midnight Tuesday until 2 a.m. Wednesday, according to a statement from the agency.
  • Russian planes intercepted near U.S., Canadian airspace

    09/19/2014 5:40:57 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 33 replies ^ | 09/20/2014 | Steve Brusk and Ralph Ellis
    Two U.S. jets intercepted six Russian planes that neared U.S. airspace off Alaska on Thursday and Canadian planes intercepted two Russian bombers that approached Canadian airspace, NORAD reported. A U.S. official told CNN's Barbara Starr that officials in Washington think the incidents were related to the visit by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who talked to Canadian officials Wednesday and President Barack Obama on Thursday. The United States promised Ukraine $46 million in nonlethal aid for its battle with pro-Russian militants. The Russian aircraft flew within about 55 nautical miles of the Alaskan coastline and about 40 nautical miles of the...
  • Breaking: Unresponsive Aircraft flying over atlantice

    unresponsive aircraft over atlantic, USAF in pursuit
  • Russian Strategic Bombers Conduct More Than 16 Incursions of U.S. Air Defense Zones

    08/07/2014 6:05:11 AM PDT · by Former Proud Canadian · 16 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | Aug 7, 2014 | Bill Gertz
    Russian strategic nuclear bombers conducted at least 16 incursions into northwestern U.S. air defense identification zones over the past 10 days, an unusually sharp increase in aerial penetrations, according to U.S. defense officials.
  • North American Union: US & Canada in play?

    05/07/2014 6:35:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The Prince Arthur Herald ^ | April 30, 2014 | Jack Maggiore
    Diane Francis, National Post Editor-at-Large and Bestselling Author of Merger of the Century, toyed with the idea of merging the US and Canada. In fact, Ms. Francis states that “a merger between the two countries isn’t just desirable but inevitable”. She goes on to say that the US and Canada are culturally compatible on all fronts from lifestyles, to values, and aspirations. According to Ms. Francis, over the last several decades, “Canada has become more like America and America more like Canada”. For instance, the US has become more progressive on civil, gay, and women’s rights; and even recently universal...
  • NORAD’s Santa-tracking began with a wrong number

    12/23/2013 8:14:49 PM PST · by TBP · 16 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 22, 2013 | Michael Gartland
    NORAD’s tradition of tracking Santa’s sleigh began with a wrong number. Right before Christmas in 1955, Sears ran an ad offering millions of toy-hungry girls and boys the chance to talk to the big man himself. In Colorado Springs, the retailer published the local phone number to the North Pole as ME 2-6681. Modal TriggerCol. Harry Shoup There was only one problem: The number was one digit off. And that wrong number rang on the desk of a high-ranking officer in a bunker at the Continental Air Defense Command — the predecessor of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, which has...
  • Why does Santa need a fighter escort? Children's groups outraged as NORAD militarises Christmas Eve

    12/04/2013 7:12:52 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 53 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | 4 December 2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Why does Santa need a fighter escort? Children's groups outraged as NORAD militarises Christmas Eve tracker • NORAD officials say the inclusion of jet fighters is a nod to the true mission of the agency - which is to track and intercept airborne threats Outraged child advocates are blasting NORAD's new 3D Santa Tracker program because it includes a fighter jet escort for jolly old Saint Nick. Some say the new online portrait could give kids the wrong impression about Santa Claus - associating him with the military and violence. But Pentagon officials argue the North American Aerospace Defense Command...
  • Evacuation lifted at NORAD headquarters in Colo.

    03/07/2013 7:11:28 PM PST · by Redcitizen · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 3-7-2013 | By DAN ELLIOTT
    DENVER (AP) — NORAD headquarters in Colorado were evacuated for about 4 1/2 hours Thursday after employees found five suspicious packages, but the command's control room team was working at a backup location about eight miles away at the time and no essential missions were disrupted, officials said. Employees became suspicious because something about the packages looked "out of place," said Jeff Bohn, a spokesman at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, where the North American Aerospace Command is based.
  • Hezbollah in Yucatán

    02/02/2013 12:39:56 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies
    Gates of ^ | January 30, 2013
    Hezbollah in Yucatán Posted on January 30, 2013 by Baron Bodissey As mentioned here many times in the past, the southern border of the United States is porous not just to Mexicans, Salvadorans, and Guatemalans, but also to Islamic terrorists. Operatives from Al Qaeda and Hezbollah acquire a Latin American passport and enough Spanish to allow their swarthiness to pass as Latino.This latest report concerns the arrival of a Hezbollah associate in Mexico. Many thanks to Iz-M (via Vlad) for the translation from Diario de Yucatán: More signs of the presence of HezbollahLabboun Rafic Mohammed, the Muslim cleric allegedly linked...
  • Barack Obama To Shut Down Southern Air Defense Systems

    01/28/2013 8:17:09 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 126 replies
    Market Daily News ^ | January 23rd, 2013 | Mack Slavo
    As the U.S. government continues to expand surveillance and monitoring systems to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars within the borders of the United States, a recent announcement regarding the country’s southern air defense systems is raising eyebrows. Our southern border is, in part, protected by the Tethered Aerostat Radar System (TARS), which utilizes moored balloons hovering at about 15,000 feet to identify low flying aircraft and missiles that may penetrate the border and cross into U.S. airspace. The system is utilized by the U.S. Air Force, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), and U.S. Customs and Border...
  • Why Did NORAD Start Tracking Santa?

    12/24/2012 5:43:19 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 27 replies
    MentalFloss ^ | 12-24-2012 | Matt Soniak
    December 24, 2012 Why Did NORAD Start Tracking Santa? Matt Soniak On December 24, 1955, the red telephone at the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) Operations Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado began ringing.The red phone meant it was either the Pentagon or CONAD commander in chief General Earle Partridge on the other end, and their reason for calling would probably not be pleasant.U.S. Air Force Col. Harry Shoup, director of operations at the center, rushed over to the phone and grabbed it.“Yes Sir, this is Colonel Shoup,” he barked.Nothing but silence in response.“Sir?” This is Colonel Shoup,” he said.Silence again.“Sir?...
  • Official NORAD Santa Tacker

    12/24/2012 2:51:59 PM PST · by SandRat · 9 replies
    Official NORAD Santa Tracker
  • NORAD Tracks Santa

    12/23/2012 10:55:20 PM PST · by hoagy62 · 6 replies
    NORAD Tracks Santa ^ | 12/24/12 | NORAD
    It's that time of year again. The North American Air Defense Command, or NORAD, is set to track ol' Saint Nick on his yearly journey around the world. All the phone stuff is done by volunteers. Businesses like Microsoft sponsor it, so it's not coming out of the defense budget. Kids love it. Tracking begins at 12:00 midight Mountain Time. Merry Christmas!
  • Anti-Terror Exercises Planned for D.C. Skies

    08/20/2012 4:00:37 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    free beacon ^ | August 20, 2012 5:09 pm | Bill Gertz
    Air Force and Coast Guard aircraft will fly “intercept and identification” exercises over Washington tonight as part of efforts to prevent suicide aircraft attacks or other threats to the capital, a military spokesman said. The latest exercise of what the North American Aerospace Defense Command calls “Falcon Virgo” involves Civil Air Patrol Cessna-182 light aircraft and a Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopter between 11:30 p.m. Monday and 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, NORAD said in a statement. “We want to make sure people seeing these planes aren’t concerned,” said NORAD spokesman John Cornelio. “One of the reasons we put out notice of...
  • NORAD, Northcom launch joint cyber division

    05/25/2012 9:23:58 AM PDT · by Mich1193 · 2 replies ^ | May 22, 2012 |
    A new cyber division, jointly managed by the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and U.S. Northern Command’s (Northcom) Operations Division, is up and running after approval by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta earlier this month. The U.S. Northern Command Joint Cyber Center (JCC) has three main missions: improving cyber domain situational awareness, improving the defense of the commands’ networks, and providing cyber consequence response and recovery support to civil authorities upon request, according to an announcement from the joint center. The division includes members from the intelligence, operations, and command and control systems divisions as well as a four- to...
  • Welcome to NORAD Tracks Santa

    12/24/2011 1:10:59 PM PST · by SandRat · 34 replies
    Where's Santa Claus at?
  • Did You Know Feds Will Temporarily Cut Off All TV and Radio Broadcasts on Nov. 9? (2:00PM EST)

    10/22/2011 11:57:55 AM PDT · by eak3 · 273 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Oct 22, 2011 | Buck Sexton
    If you have ever wondered about the government’s ability to control the civilian airwaves, you will have your answer on November 9th. On that day, federal authorities are going to shut off all television and radio communications simultaneously at 2:00PM EST to complete the first ever test of the national Emergency Alert System (EAS).
  • DC, MD, Virginia: Neighbor Alert: Loud Booms Expected Tonight Aug 24 (NORAD)

    08/24/2011 7:51:29 PM PDT · by HokieMom · 7 replies
    McLean Patch ^ | 8-24-11
    If you hear loud booms tonight, it's F-16's. From NORAD: North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and its geographical component, the Continental United States NORAD Region (CONR), will conduct an exercise – Falcon Virgo 11-11 beginning Wednesday night, Aug. 24 at midnight into early Thursday morning, Aug. 25, in the National Capital Region. Flights in the National Capital Region are scheduled to take place between midnight and 1:30 a.m. EDT Thursday morning. In the event of inclement weather, the exercise will take place the next day at the same time.
  • Jets Scrambled Overnight? Not in the News this a.m.

    04/14/2011 5:12:44 AM PDT · by Boss Claw · 29 replies
    4-14-2011 | Boss Claw
    Around 12:45 a.m. on Thursday April 14, 2011 (in the wee hours today), my husband and I awoke to hear major (military) jet rumblings over D.C. or nearby. It reminded us of the strange-sounding reverberations we hear at the annual air show. It came in two subsequent periods. The first one lasted probably no more than 3-5 minutes. I'm a bad judge of how long it lasted when I can't see a clock (after I initially checked the time) and when it is a startling event. Anyway, it was a significant period, and not just a flyover -- which we...
  • NORAD, Northern Command to Cut 79 Positions as Part of Cost-Savings Measure

    02/23/2011 9:54:09 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    fox news | 2/23/11 | staff
    NORAD and the U.S. Northern Command will cut 79 positions as part of Defense Secretary Robert Gates' cost-savings initiative to improve efficiency that he issued late last year. Commanders said 40 of the positions will be military and 39 will be civilian. Offices most directly affected include chaplains, history, surgeon general and control systems. Most of the people who lose their jobs will be transferred to other posts in the military, and in some cases the military will help individuals find new employment, a NORAD spokesman told Fox News. And some of the positions, which are currently vacant, simply will...
  • ANG fighter wing preps for alert missions at Tyndall

    02/07/2011 4:59:11 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies ^ | 2/1/2011 | Angela Pope
    Shooting down enemy aircraft over American soil is an event U.S.-based alert pilots train for. They run exercise scenarios on a constant basis, preparing for that call to scramble. But all the dry runs in the world can't prepare a pilot for that moment when a live missile is released from the jet. That's why the 148th Fighter Wing out of Duluth, Minn., is spending two weeks here working with the 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group. "We came here to shoot missiles and drop live ordnance to be better prepared for our Air Sovereignty Alert mission," said Lt. Col. Reed Bowman,...
  • Transcript: Michelle Obama Answers Kids' Calls to NORAD Seeking Santa's Whereabouts

    12/25/2010 6:15:21 AM PST · by ETL · 37 replies ^ | December 24, 2010
    The following is a transcript of her conversations. OPERATOR: We have Max. MRS. OBAMA: Hello, this is the First Lady, Michelle Obama, with NORAD, tracking Santa. How can I help you? MAX: Hi. MRS. OBAMA: Hi. What's your name? MAX: Max. MRS. OBAMA: Hi, Max. How old are you? MAX: Eight. MRS. OBAMA: Eight? Okay, well, this is the First Lady. And I'm helping them track Santa tonight, so how can I help you? You want to know where Santa is? [the rest of the transcript, if you can stomach it, is at the link]
  • NORAD Tracks Santa

    12/24/2010 12:01:45 PM PST · by ThunderSleeps · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 12/24/2010 | By Hayley Tsukayama
    A 55-year-old tradition continues this year as the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, launches its Santa Tracker at 2 a.m. EST on Christmas Eve, with help from Google Earth.
  • U.S. warned people to avoid mystery missile zone

    12/06/2010 6:26:46 AM PST · by Sprite518 · 346 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 12/01/2010 | F. Michael Maloof
    The Department of Defense is slamming the door on questions about the mysterious contrail filmed Nov. 8 by a KCBS television crew near Los Angeles after questions were raised about a warning from the National Geo-Spatial Intelligence Agency that there could be missiles fired in that area at that time.
  • Russia's Air Defense 'Responds' To All Aircraft Near Its Airspace

    07/15/2010 10:54:29 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 7/16/2010 | RIA Novosti
    The Russian air defense system is designed so that it responds to all aircraft approaching the state's airspace, a high ranking Defense Ministry source has said. "That is perhaps its basic difference from the American system," the source said commenting on recent remarks by a senior U.S. military official. Adm. James A. Winnefeld, Jr., head of the U.S.-Canadian North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), said in an interview Russia continued "to fly strategic nuclear bombers near U.S. and Canadian airspace because the Russian military is seeking to maintain the illusion of power." He said jet interceptors are not ordered to...
  • Military scrambles jets after Obama air space violated, NORAD says

    07/09/2010 6:14:50 PM PDT · by Errant · 80 replies · 2+ views
    CNN ^ | July 9, 2010 1:09 p.m. EDT | CNN Wire Staff
    The military scrambled two F-16 fighters jets Friday morning after two small private aircraft violated restricted air space related to President Barack Obama's visit to Las Vegas, Nevada, the North American Aerospace Defense Command said. Both planes that violated the restricted airspace landed at nearby airports and were met by authorities, NORAD said.
  • PAVE PAWS marks 30th anniversary

    05/16/2010 9:51:42 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 354+ views
    Cape Cod Missile ^ | 5/16/2010 | George Brennan
    For 30 years, it has protected the East Coast of the United States from sea and land strikes by enemy missiles. Yesterday, officials from the Air Force 6th Space Warning Squadron celebrated those three decades at PAVE PAWS — the first U.S. phased array warning system in the country and only one of four overall. "I think certainly the legacy is keeping a watch, a presence looking out over the Atlantic Ocean," Lt. Col. Max Lantz, commander of the 6th Space Warning Squadron, said Friday. "It's been one of vigilant watch for the past 30 years." Everyday, the 10-story radar...
  • Aging jet fighters concern retiring NORAD chief

    05/16/2010 9:34:11 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 411+ views
    Denver Post ^ | 5/14/2010 | The Denver Post
    The retiring general in charge of NORAD and the U.S. Northern Command said Thursday that he's leaving behind no unfinished business but has concerns about the nation's aging radar system and jet-fighter fleet. Air Force Gen. Gene Renuart ends his 39-year Air Force career July 1. Since March 2007, he has overseen the North American Aerospace Defense Command, a joint U.S.-Canadian command that monitors air and space threats to both nations, and the Northern Command, which oversees the U.S. military's homeland defense and supports civilian authorities. The nation's current radar system needs to be updated with an integrated system of...
  • Hello Neighbor

    03/11/2010 10:08:05 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 386+ views
    Air Force Magazine ^ | 3/11/2010 | Air Force Magazine
    In 2009, NORAD launched fighter aircraft on 14 occasions in response to unannounced flights of Russian Tu-95 Bear and Tu-160 Blackjack bombers that were in international airspace, but were close enough to US and Canadian airspace to warrant a closer look, Air Force Gen. Gene Renuart, NORAD boss, told the Senate Armed Services Committee Thursday in written testimony. He said they "were not considered threats," but it is NORAD's practice to dispatch fighters to identify any unknown aircraft in such scenarios. In response to a Senator's question during the hearing, Renuart said there have also been "a couple of instances"...
  • NORAD Plans Air Patrol For Super Bowl

    02/06/2010 10:25:00 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 302+ views ^ | 01/06/20 |
    Fighter jet crews from North American Aerospace Defense Command's Continental United States Region will be busy Sunday protecting the skies around Sun Life Stadium in Miami during Super Bowl XLIV. Air Force fighter jets will be airborne while enforcing the FAA's temporary flight restriction zone during the big game. "As America's air defenders, we have a total team mindset," said Air Force Maj. Gen. Garry Dean, commander of NORAD's Continental United States Region. "Special events like this world-renowned sporting event take precise coordination with all mission partners, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, FAA and...
  • Don't Cross That Line

    01/28/2010 11:11:09 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 1,349+ views
    Smithsonian Air and Space ^ | 3/01/2001 | By Craig Mellow
    The eight-seat recreational airplane, a single-engine Gippsland Airvan, is cruising peacefully over southern Maryland on a hazy June afternoon, pilot and passengers enjoying the view from 4,000 feet, where the Nanticoke River runs into the swamplands at the edge of the Chesapeake Bay. Suddenly—whoosh! A trademark shape most of us encounter only in the movies or at airshows darts underneath the 100-knot pleasure craft, then carves a semi-circle in the sky in front of it. A voice crackles in the pilot’s headset: “This is a United States Air Force armed F-16. You are in violation of restricted airspace. Do you...
  • Per FNC -Norad launched 2 fighter jets- Tyndall AFB, unruly passenger Muhammad Abu Tahir (#145)

    01/08/2010 1:25:46 PM PST · by STARWISE · 218 replies · 9,476+ views
    Neil Cavuto just read news crossing the wire. Two fighter jets were launched by NORAD from Tyndall AFB in FL due to an issue with an unruly passenger on an Air Tran flight from Atlanta to San Francisco. Hopefully, more follows soon. Plane has landed at Colorado Springs airport. A young man was taken into custody after the flight was diverted. The man was thought to be intoxicated and locked himself in the bathroom. The crew radioed the situation, and the fighters were launched. Everyone's safe on the flight .. the passenger is in custody.
  • NORAD launches F-16s in response to unruly passenger

    01/08/2010 1:22:03 PM PST · by xjcsa · 57 replies · 3,558+ views
    Fox News ^ | Neil Cavuto
    Airtran flight 39, Atlanta to San Francisco, unruly passenger on board. Fighters launched to escort plane, landed in Colorado Springs. Info per Neil Cavuto on Fox News; no link yet.
  • Tracking Santa - next stop Baghdad for out troops.

    12/24/2009 12:51:51 PM PST · by edcoil · 8 replies · 417+ views ^ | 12/24/09 | edcoil
    Norad it tracking Santa. Next stop is Iraq for our troops right now.
  • Welcome to NORAD Tracks Santa

    12/24/2009 2:29:34 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 78 replies · 3,721+ views ^ | December 24, 2009 | NORAD
    Welcome to NORAD Tracks Santa