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NORAD fighters respond to airspace violation

8/24/2007 - PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFPN) -- Two F-15 Eagles under the direction of North American Aerospace Defense Command intercepted a small Cessna aircraft flying through the Temporary Flight Restriction zone over Crawford, Texas Aug. 23.

The civilian aircraft entered the TFR at approximately 3:00 PM central time.

The fighters expended eight flares during the intercept and returned to base after the civilian aircraft contacted the FAA and cleared the TFR area.

NORAD's mission, in close collaboration with homeland defense, security and law enforcement partners, is to prevent air attacks against North America, safeguard the sovereign airspaces of the United States and Canada by responding to unknown, unwanted and unauthorized air activity approaching and operating within these airspaces, and provide aerospace and maritime warning for North America. NORAD may be required to monitor, shadow, divert from flight path, direct to land and/or destroy aircraft deemed a potential threat to North America.

NORAD is the bi-national Canadian and American command that is responsible for the air defense of North America and maritime warning. The command has three subordinate regional headquarters: the Alaskan NORAD Region at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska; the Canadian NORAD Region at Winnepeg, Manitoba; and the Continental NORAD Region at Tyndall AFB, Fla. The command is poised both tactically and strategically in the nation's capital to provide a multilayered defense to detect, deter and prevent potential threats flying over the airspace of the United States and Canada. 

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