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Sunday, August 15

NY Terror Drill

New York Post Online Edition: news: "August 14, 2004 -- The skies above Manhattan will be filled with military and police air power today as authorities stage a secret sky-high anti-terror training drill in preparation for the GOP convention.

The practice run, dubbed the 'Republican National Convention Airspace Exercise,' will begin at 6 p.m. and involve the combined forces of the military, the Coast Guard and the NYPD, according to a memo obtained by The Post.

The drill will test how fast air defenses can scramble and coordinate a response to a 9/11-type terrorist air attack.

The aircraft participating in the drill will include F-15 Eagle fighter jets from NORAD, Coast Guard Dolphin helicopters and Bell helicopters from the NYPD. The choppers will zoom as low as 3,500 feet in synchronized operations over the city.

The aircraft will respond to a mock report of an unknown airborne attack at Madison Square Garden.

The high-flying jets will be first on the scene, then NYPD and Coast Guard helicopters will arrive to survey the venue at a lower altitude.

By yesterday afternoon, the agencies involved had not officially told New Yorkers they may spot fighter planes while the drill is going on overhead. "

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