The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) is a bi-national organization including the United States and Canada charged with the missions of aerospace warning, aerospace control and maritime warning for North America. These missions include the detection, validation, and warning of attack against North America whether by aircraft, missiles, or space vehicles (even balloons!).
One of the most common NORAD activities is to intercept and identify unauthorized or unresponsive aircraft in controlled airspace. This can include foreign military aircraft in North American airspace or civilian aircraft in restricted zones. Once identified, NORAD pilots can provide instructions to subject aircraft and/or escort them out of restricted areas.
During this demonstration, two F-15 Eagles from the Oregon Air National Guard will simulate the interception and identification of an unauthorized civilian aircraft. The F-15 is a all-weather tactical fighter capable of more than Mach 2.4. Its highly maneuverable airframe and advanced electronics have made it an integral part of the United States Air Force’s air-superiority fleet for more than 50 years.
This performance is scheduled for SATURDAY & SUNDAY shows only.