F-16s intercept, escort away plane that flew too close to Trump rally

by Peter Heck · Oct 29th, 2020 9:33 am

Last Updated Oct 31st, 2020 at 7:47 am

An unknown aircraft flew too close to President Trump's Arizona campaign rally Wednesday and was intercepted and escorted away by F-16s scrambled by the U.S. Air Force.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command confirmed it had deployed the fighters, as well as launched signal flares when the offending aircraft was unresponsive to radio contact and intercept procedures.

The aircraft had flown into the Temporary Flight Restriction zone established around Bullhead City, Arizona, as the president was conducting his campaign event. After the F-16s and flares were deployed, the aircraft re-established radio contact and "without further incident" was escorted from the area.

The president noticed the flares in the middle of his rally.

"Oh, look at that. Look, look, look," Trump said, looking up at the sky and directing everyone else to do the same. "Look at that. They gave the president a little display."

Trump told the crowd that they were looking at an F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, before quipping, "you know how hard it is to get Democrats to pay for that?"


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