Counting intercepts

July 13, 2011


Fighter jets intercept third plane near Camp David

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Fighter jets intercepted a private plane near Camp David on Sunday, the third civilian plane this weekend to fly the restricted air space while President Barack Obama was at the Maryland retreat.

The incident marked the fifth time in a month that fighter jets have scrambled to guide civilian planes away from the area while Obama was at the presidential retreat.

You say this was the fifth time in a month that fighter jets have intercepted planes in the Camp David area while Obama was there.

Two of the intercepts were performed by United States Coast Guard HH-65 ‘Dolphin’ helicopters under NORAD jurisdiction. Helicopters are not fighter jets.


According to our information, there was one intercept on July 10, there were two on July 9th, one on July 2 and two on June 11th. All involved fighters jets: GBU Editor

A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle fighter jet taxis before taking off from the NATO airbase in Aviano March 21, 2011.
REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo

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