F-15 fighter jets practice scramble over Cape and Islands
File photo by Massachusetts Air National Guard
Two F-15 fighter jets from the 104th Fighter Wing of the Massachusetts Air National Guard are scheduled to participate in a practice scramble and intercept mission from 10 am to 12 pm today, (Wednesday) that will take the jets over Martha's Vineyard.
F-15 fighter jets will be training with the Civil Air Patrol, which will be flying a low-speed civilian propeller aircraft (GA-8), according to a press release. "This exercise, in partnership with the Eastern Air Defense Sector (EADS), is conducted to facilitate training for alert pilots on intercept procedures, ensuring the Massachusetts Air National Guard is prepared to defend the Northeast airspace against any airborne threat.
"These exercises are carefully planned, closely controlled and include exercising airspace restriction violations, hijackings and responding to unknown aircraft. Communities on Cape Cod and the islands may experience increased aircraft activity during the duration of this exercise."
The 104th Fighter Wing of the Massachusetts Air National Guard in Westfield is an operational flying unit assigned to the Air Combat Command and is one of the oldest flying units within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, according to the unit's website.