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NORAD to conduct air defense exercise over west central California

Refueling an F-16
Posted at 11:49 AM, Mar 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-08 14:49:41-05

North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) plans to conduct a live-fly air defense exercise over west central California on Monday, March 8.

The exercise is expected to take place between approximately 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. and will reportedly involve an F-16 fighter jet and a C-130J transport aircraft.

NORAD says the aircraft will operate at high altitudes for most of the exercise but there will be a low approach at an airport in Monterey County.

NORAD says it routinely conducts exercises for a variety of scenarios, including airspace restriction violations, hijackings, and responding to unknown aircraft.