TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - A winter storm system pushing through Monday may impact an air defense exercise scheduled to take place in the skies above the Twin Cities metro area.
The Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region, in close coordination with the Western Air Defense Sector, plans to conduct exercise 'Falcon Hawk 18-08' with flights scheduled for Monday night in the greater Minneapolis area between approximately 7-10 p.m.
In the event of bad weather the exercise will take place on Jan. 29. If unfavorable conditions continue officials will then make a decision to postpone or cancel the exercise.
Falcon Hawk 18-08 is comprised of a series of training flights held in coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration and the Western Air Defense Sector. The air exercise is designed to hone NORAD’s intercept and identification operations using Air Force F-16, C-130, KC-135, and RC-135 aircraft and a Civil Air Patrol C-182 airplane.
The exercises are carefully planned and closely controlled to ensure CONR’s rapid response capability. NORAD has conducted exercise flights of this nature throughout the U.S. and Canada since the start of Operation Noble Eagle, the command’s response to the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Since that day 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.