LAKE GEORGE The Massachusetts Air National Guard's 104th Fighter Wing will be flying F-15 fighters over the Lake George-Glens Falls area this morning as part of an air defense exercise.
The National Guard squadron, based at Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield , Mass., will scramble two F-15s between 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.
The mission will take place over northern Massachusetts, southern Vermont and northeastern New York.
The F-15 fighter jets will train with the Civil Air Patrol. The Civil Air Patrol will be flying a low-speed civilian propeller aircraft. This exercise is conducted to train pilots for intercept procedures. National Guard spokesman Eric Durr said the exercise helps assure the Massachusetts Air National Guard is prepared to defend the Northeast airspace against airborne threats.
"These exercises are carefully planned, closely controlled and include exercising airspace restriction violations, hijackings and responding to unknown aircraft,: he said.