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Air Defense Exercise Planned for Blythe Area Today

Between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Today, Thursday, October, 13

BLYTHE, Calif The Western Air Defense Sector will conduct exercise Felix Hawk 17-02 in the vicinity of Blythe today.

Exercise Felix Hawk is designed to test Western Air Defense Sector (WADS) intercept and identification operations with a variety of scenarios involving possible simulated hostile aircraft. Participating aircraft flights are scheduled to take place between approximately 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. (PST) in the Blythe vicinity.

In the event of inclement weather the exercise will be canceled.

This exercise comprises a series of training flights held in coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration; Continental, U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region (CONR) and WADS.

These exercises are carefully planned and closely controlled to ensure WADS's rapid response capability. WADS have conducted exercise flights of this nature throughout the western region since the start of Operation Noble Eagle, the command's response to the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

Since Sept. 11, 2001, CONR fighters have responded to more than 5,000 possible air threats in the United States and have flown approximately 68,000 sorties with the support of Airborne Warning and Control System and air-to-air-refueling aircraft.

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