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Air defense drill being held over parts of 4 Northeastern states; F-15 fighters involved

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ROME, New York — The New York state Division of Military and Naval Affairs says a two fighter jets from a Massachusetts Air National Guard unit will be conducting an air defense exercise over parts of four Northeastern states.

Officials say the exercise will be conducted from 10 a.m. until noon Tuesday over northeast New York, southern Vermont, western Connecticut and Massachusetts. The exercise is being run by the Eastern Air Defense Sector based in Rome, near Utica.

The drill involves two F-15 jets from the Massachusetts Air National Guard's 104th Fighter Wing, a Civil Air Patrol Cessna airplane and a C-5 cargo plane from Westover Air Reserve Base in Massachusetts.

Officials say most the activity during the exercise won't be visible from the ground.

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