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Friday, January 27, 2006
  Americans Have No Fear, The Canadian Air Force Is Guarding Us
Among the hardware being put in place to defend Super Bowl Sunday: CF-18s out of Bagotville, Quebec, F-16s out of Michigan's Selfridge Air National Guard Base, a CH-146 Griffon helicopter out of Kingston, air refuelling tankers and an E-3 AWACS (Airborne Early Warning and Control System) aircraft out of Oklahoma.

For security reasons, the exact times and locations of the exercise, as well as the number of participating aircraft, remain confidential, but there are also H-65 helicopters, "multiple" Cessna aircraft and a C-21 Learjet involved. Citino said there will be "multiple fighter jets."

A news release issued Wednesday by Canadian NORAD region, headquartered in Winnipeg, said the aircraft will be flying "at low altitudes," but in phone interviews with The Star, both Citino and Winnipeg-based NORAD public affairs officer Capt. Jennifer Faubert said most residents in Windsor and Detroit will likely be oblivious to the whole enterprise.
 
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