NORAD plans Wednesday training flights east of Denver

Published: June 24, 2013, 2:42 pm, by Tom Roeder

Cope Tiger 2011If you live east of Denver, you may get a free air show Wednesday as aircraft from the North American Aerospace Defense Command fly overhead during a training exercise.

The training flights are planned to test NORAD’s ability to deal with aerial threats. NORAD is headquartered at Peterson Air Force Base.

The flights will involve F-15 interceptors and C-21 transport planes, NORAD said in a news release. The flights are planned to take place between 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

NORAD has been monitoring domestic air traffic since the 9/11 attacks.

“Since Sept. 11, 2001, NORAD fighters have responded to more than 3,400 possible air threats in the United States, Canada and Alaska,” the command said in a news release.