Alert fighter jets from the 180th Fighter Wing will conduct a test of the Aerospace Control Alert system on Thursday, Oct. 22, between 5:45 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Aerospace Control includes maintaining air sovereignty and air defense through the surveillance and control of airspace over Canada and the U.S.
The purpose of the event is to exercise coordination between the Eastern Air Defense Sector, Federal Aviation Administration and 180th Fighter Wing.
Those living in and around the Toledo, Sandusky, and Southeast Michigan areas may hear and/or see fighter jets in close proximity to a Civil Air Patrol aircraft, which will be taking on the role of a Track of Interest (TOI). A TOI is an aircraft that has been identified as a potential threat.
Although scheduled for the evening, the exercise flights could be delayed due to weather concerns.
These types of exercises are conducted on a routine basis as part of North American Aerospace Defense Command’s Operation Noble Eagle, which was initiated after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.