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Old 4th April 2006, 11:11 AM   #257
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Originally Posted by CptFarlow View Post
You know just as well as I do that any time a plane deviates from it's flight plan, fighter jets are flown in to escort the aircraft and visually inspect to determine the situation.
Well you're one up on me, 'cause I wasn't aware that fighters are scrambled everytime someone flies off-course. How many degrees? Does this happen only with blatant errors in the flight plan, or even tiny ones? Where can I find more information about your claim?

Oh wait, a quick Google turned up some info. You appear to be talking through yer hat badge (as we used to say in the military).

Washington's Reagan National Airport has been closed to general aviation since the 2001 attacks. In the three-and-a-half years since then, hundreds of small planes have flown within the restricted airspace around the capital - a 25 kilometre radius around the Washington Monument.

However, it is rare for fighter jets to be scrambled.
Regarding your NORAD puzzlement:

Why did NORAD not do their job on that one day?
NORAD, it appears, WAS doing their job that day.

Ironically, Norad was doing its job: peering 300 kilometres out into the Air Defence Identification Zone encircling North America. Its task: to help assess, within two minutes, if each of the 7,000 incoming aircraft every day is friend or foe.

It was scanning space for something as tiny as a fleck of paint which at nearly 58,000 km/h can damage a shuttle.

It was on alert for intercontinental ballistic missiles which, if fired from rogue nations such as North Korea, will strike North America in 23 minutes.

Norad's 1,100 army, navy, marine and air force personnel -- 12 per cent of them Canadian -- were neither expecting, nor trained, to deal with manned missiles launched out of Boston.

When the second plane hit the other World Trade Center tower, Norad swiftly shifted its attention to help prevent possible further attacks.

Norad was instrumental in getting fighter jets -- normally on 15-minute alert -- airborne within eight minutes...

Norad learned in a harsh way the job it was doing was incomplete. Sept. 11 resulted in several changes adding a new dimension to Norad's job -- the ability to track enemy threats which military and intelligence officials warn still lurk from within.
Tell ya what. I'll hold my tongue as long as you stick to facts.
Scrutatio Et Quaestio

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