Monday, November 23, 2015

Low-altitude training exercises scheduled over New Hampshire

MANCHESTER, N.H. —If you see or hear low-flying jets across New Hampshire Monday morning, don’t worry. It’s a drill.

The 104th Fighter Wing, out of Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield, Massachusetts, will be conducting air defense exercises across central New Hampshire, between Manchester and Lebanon, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Monday.

The exercises should last around 2-3 hours and be complete by noon.

Officials said that F-15 eagles will train along with civilian planes operated by the Civil Air Patrol. They will train at a low altitude in performing intercepting and shadowing drills.

Authorities said the training exercises are carefully planned and closely controlled.

The drills are important in preparation for high-alert situations like hijackings, airspace-restriction violations, unknown aircraft and any other airborne threat, officials said.

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