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Super Bowl warmup: Fighter jets over Meadowlands area rescheduled

Photo Credit: Courtesy NORAD

SHOUT OUT: A pre-Super Bowl exercise in the skies over East Rutherford and the surrounding area was postponed from overnight this morning to before dawn tomorrow.

North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) said it will conduct an “air defense exercise” that begins around 4:30 a.m. Thursday and is expected to last about an hour. And although they’re expected to be thousands of feet high enough to not be spotted, you’ll definitely hear them.

“The drill is an air-defense exercise to practice procedures for responding to airspace violations during [S]uper [B]owl 48 at Metlife Stadium,” NORAD said before the postponement. “If inclement weather occurs, officials will make a decision to postpone or cancel the exercise.”

F16s and various aircraft have covered the skies between Westchester and Bergen counties  this week. The overnight drill, however, is somewhat similar to football players practicing in full pads.

“On Super Bowl Sunday and every other day, the men and women of the Continental U.S. NORAD Region are on watch, making sure our skies are safe,” said Air Force Lt. Gen. William H. Etter, who’s commanding the operation.

PHOTO: Courtesy NORAD

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