Thursday January 17, 2013

BRATTLEBORO -- The 104th Fighter Wing of the Massachusetts Air National Guard in Westfield, Mass., will be conducting training in the next few weeks in some regions of southern Vermont and New Hampshire in preparation for an upcoming inspection.

The practice intercept missions, involve 104th Fighter Wing F-15s finding and escorting non-military aircraft (typically Civil Air Patrol Cessnas) to a regional airport simulating real-world procedures.

The training is scheduled for Jan. 17, 23, and 30 during daytime hours.

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

The following communities in Vermont may experience increased aircraft activity during this exercise: Rutland, Wells, Granville, Bennington, Hoosick Falls, Mount Snow, West Dover, Manchester, Dorset, and Pawlet. In addition communities around Keene and Claremont, N.H., may experience increased aircraft activity.


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