Pay No Attention To Those Military Jets Screeching Overhead Tomorrow
If you happen to look up the skies tomorrow and see high-powered military jets wildly maneuvering to intercept and possibly shoot down a potential terror threat, don't panic.
We're not saying you would panic -- you're probably a level-headed person who would assume it was some type of exercise. Then again, a whole lot of people freaked out when the Coast Guard ran such an exercise on 9/11 this year, or when Air Force One started flying around New York landmarks for a photo op in April.
In this case, though, your calm attitude would be the right one, because the shrieking jets will indeed be part of a military training mission.
The fun guys at NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, will be trying out some scenarios tomorrow to see how well they do at protecting us, or at least the refineries.
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"The flights will take place in the late morning and early afternoon and people can expect to hear and see NORAD fighter aircraft as they practice their intercept and identification procedures," the agency said in a release.
The release only mentions flights over "Southern Texas," so we don't know if they'll be buzzing downtown Houston, which would definitely be cool.
NORAD provided a number for reporters to use for any questions, but they haven't returned the call we made to that number.
"The exercise has been carefully planned and will be closely controlled to ensure NORAD's rapid response capability," the agency said in its release. "NORAD has conducted exercise flights of this nature throughout the U.S. and Canada since the start of Operation Noble Eagle, the command's response to the terrorist attacks that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001."
We can only hope Goose, Iceman and Maverick keep it real up there, and that we get to watch.
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