See fighters overhead? It's only a drill

By WKTV News

If you live in the Adirondacks and see F-15 fighters flying overhead on Wednesday, officials say not to be alarmed, as it's only a drill.

Two F-15 fighters from the Massachusetts Air National Guard's 104th Fighter Wing will conduct a practice alert, scramble and intercept exercise over northeastern New York on Wednesday, September 5.

The jets, based at Barnes Air National Guard Base near Westfield, will be flying over the Adirondack Mountains in the region near Glens Falls between 10 a.m. to noon. Residents may hear the engine noise and notice the aircraft maneuvering.

The F-15s will be conducting training with a Civil Air Patrol Cessna 182 aircraft acting as the target.

This exercise, in partnership with the New York Air National Guard's Eastern Air Defense Sector, facilitates training for alert pilots on intercept procedures, ensuring the Massachusetts Air National Guard is prepared to defend the Northeast airspace against any airborne threat.

Officials say these exercises are carefully planned, closely controlled and include exercising airspace restriction violations, hijackings and responding to unknown aircraft.

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