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Jet fighters taking to the skies for training exercises Thursday

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — Fighter jets of the North American Aerospace Defense Command are scheduled to conduct exercises over northern Ohio between noon and 2 p.m. Thursday.

Ohioans may hear or see fighter jets in close proximity with each other between the Marion and Toledo areas, the Air Force said.

The flights could be delayed or cancelled due to weather, according to the Air Force.

To test responses, systems and equipment, the command continuously conducts exercises with a variety of scenarios, including airspace restriction violations, hijackings and responding to unknown aircraft. All exercises are carefully planned and closely controlled, the Air Force said.

It has conducted exercises like this throughout Canada and the United States since the start of Operation Noble Eagle, the command’s response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command is Canadian and American command that provides maritime warning, aerospace warning and aerospace control for Canada and the United States.

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