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Fighter Jets Conduct Exercises Over Area

Residents of the Upper Valley were graced with the sound of military jet engines Tuesday. The jet engines being those of F-15 Eagle fighter jets as they conducted training exercises between Manchester and Lebanon between 10:30 in the morning to 1:00 PM.

The jets belong to the 104th Fighter Wing at Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield, Massachusetts and were conducting training for intercept procedures. As part of the training, the pilots took part in low-altitude interception and tailing light civilian aircraft, which were flown by the Civil Air Patrol.

Although the roar of the jet engines may have been a bit loud to residents in the Upper Valley and surrounding areas, the purpose of the exercise was to prepare the Massachusetts Air National Guard for any sort of airborne threat in Northeastern skies.

Some brief background, the F-15 is a twin-engine tactical fighter designed by McDonnell Douglas in the 1970s. The F-15’s production line is slated to end in 2019.

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