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F-16 fighter jets conduct military test overnight

Around 1 a.m. last night, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) successfully carried out a military exercise over the Chicago area involving F-16 fighter jets. The training involved at least one plane headed toward downtown from the north and another going west, according to witnesses.

The exercised is based on new restrictions placed on Chicago airspace and is a direct response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, according to the NORAD Web site.

Some Chicago Twitterers were still awake at the time and noted the event.

  1. Anna Ramirez
    ChicagoLatina80 Wait, I hear something, sounds like it's getting closer. It sounds like thunder from far away. It comes and goes. It's gotta be the planes
  2. Dan Lopez
    4danlopez I just heard the Norad planes go by, they are louder than a regular plane.
  3. Anna Ramirez
    ChicagoLatina80 @4danlopez Yes, they are loud. It's cool.
  4. Anna Ramirez
    ChicagoLatina80 Listening to the F-16s fly by, I feel so patriotic. I know I'm a weirdo.
  5. Brett Curcio
    bcurc15 @jdmel heard a loud sustained roar and saw two sets of rapidly flashing lights, guessing 2 f16's in formation
  6. Red
    Retrogirl66 Norad flying planes at 1am last nite over chicagoland...omg they were SO loud! That & restless hubby woke me up off & tired today!

Not all were so lucky.

  1. parshallnet
    parshallnet @stevewsop Had every intention of listening for the F-16s, until i fell asleep. Just have to wait for the Air Show in August i guess.

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CraigParshall said:


What can I say... I was tired.

Craig Kanalley said:


It happens, Craig.

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