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An F-16 Pilot with the 179th Fighter Squadron, 148th Fighter Wing, Duluth International Airport, takes a final moment to mentally prepare for the extreme possibility of having to shoot down a passenger aircraft during the upcoming CAP (Combat Air Patrol) assignment. The order issued from NORAD on September 12, 2001 as part of Operation NOBLE EAGLE, after the terrorist attacks on the day before at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The terrorist hijacked four passenger aircraft and used them as suicide weapons killing thousands on the ground. The Wing flew numerous air sovereignty missions over North American cities in support of the FAA's, first ever, total restriction of ...

An F-16 Pilot with the 179th Fighter Squadron, 148th Fighter Wing, Duluth International Airport, takes a final moment to mentally prepare for the extreme possibility of having to shoot down a passenger aircraft during the upcoming CAP (Combat Air Patrol) assignment. The order issued from NORAD on September 12, 2001 as part of Operation NOBLE EAGLE, after the terrorist attacks on the day before at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The terrorist hijacked four passenger aircraft and used them as suicide weapons killing thousands on the ground. The Wing flew numerous air sovereignty missions over North American cities in support of the FAA's, first ever, total restriction of ...

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[Complete] Scene Caption: An F-16 Pilot with the 179th Fighter Squadron, 148th Fighter Wing, Duluth International Airport, takes a final moment to mentally prepare for the extreme possibility of having to shoot down a passenger aircraft during the upcoming CAP (Combat Air Patrol) assignment. The order issued from NORAD on September 12, 2001 as part of Operation NOBLE EAGLE, after the terrorist attacks on the day before at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The terrorist hijacked four passenger aircraft and used them as suicide weapons killing thousands on the ground. The Wing flew numerous air sovereignty missions over North American cities in support of the FAA's, first ever, total restriction of commercial flights in the United States airspace.

Subject Operation/Series: NOBLE EAGLE

Base: Duluth International Airport

State: Minnesota (MN)

Country: United States Of America (USA)

Scene Major Command Shown: ACC

Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Dean V. Kuhlman, USAF

Release Status: Released to Public
Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files
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Date

2007
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The U.S. National Archives
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