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Air Defense exercise over El Centro

(El Centro residents are being advised)…An air defense exercise will be conducted over the city on Wednesday.

The Western Air Defense Sector will conduct the air defense exercise Felix Hawk over El Centro. The exercise is designed to test Western Air Defense Sector’s intercept and identification procedures for a variety of scenarios involving possible hostile aircraft. Residents of El Centro may observe F-16 aircraft or C-21 aircraft participating in the exercise between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm Wednesday. The training flights will be coordinated with the Federal Aviation Administration and the Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region. NORAD says the exercises are carefully planned and closely controlled. They have been conducted over the western region since 2001.