Thursday, May 17, 2012
Where were they on 9/11?
U.S. fighter jets will be actively flying over Chicago on Friday as part of a security drill in the days before the NATO Summit.
The U.S. North American Aerospace Defense (NORAD) Command Region fighters–including Air Force KC-135 tankers, Air Force F-16s, and a Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopters–will be visible on Friday morning, beginning around 9 a.m..
Residents in the Chicago area can expect flights to continue for approximately two hours.
“Providing the air defense for special security events like this year’s NATO Summit is a part of our day-to-day mission,” said Lt. Gen. Sid Clarke, Continental U.S. NORAD Region commander said in a statement. “Our interagency partnerships are a key component to the air defense shield for events like this.”