The planes were intercepted in totally separate incidents, one occurring at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday and the other at 5:10 p.m. on Sunday. One aircraft was identified as a Lancair 320 and the other as a Cessna.
While neither plane was said to pose a threat, it was obvious that the pilots were either not apprised of the no-fly zone or chose to ignore it; for that, both of the small aircraft were treated to an F-16 escort out of the zone.
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In addition to Santa tracking in the month of December, NORAD's main purpose, as a joint organization with the U.S. and Canada, is to provide defense and aerospace warning for both countries. This weekend’s incidents proved they are very effectively “on the job.”
While most of NORAD’s intercepts fly largely under the radar, they also provided escort for an errant Cessna over the skies of Charleston, S.C., in late November.
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