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Air National Guard

Operation Noble EagleProtecting Our Homeland

Ever vigilant, the Air National Guard remains resolute, strong and ready to defend our skies and our country against those who threaten our freedom.

Keeping Watch OverThe Homeland

Air Guard fighter jets were patrolling the skies vigilantly within minutes after the horror of 9/11 began in what became Operation Noble Eagle. Our pilots continue to guard the airways of America to this day, maintaining the security of the home of the free.

The Air Guard maintains air sovereignty alert sites across the US to keep a sharp lookout for potential airborne threats.

104th Fighter Wing, MA

On heightened alert over potential threats, two Air Guard F-15s intercept and safely land a jumbo jet after a passenger warned the crew she had a surgically implanted device.

159th Fighter Wing, LA

The death of a civilian pilot flying over the Gulf of Mexico sends a plane out of control. Two Air Guard F-15s shadow the plane to ensure it doesn't crash in a populated area.

142th Fighter Wing, OR

Two Oregon Air National Guard F-15s scrambled to intercept and escort a passenger jet safely to a military base after the carrier's call center received a credible bomb threat.

Check out the F-22 Raptor, Lethal Against
Air-to-Air and Surface-to-Air Threats.

Fighter Pilot

Meet airborne threats head-on, with one of the world’s most advanced and deadliest aircraft at your disposal.

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Aircraft Armament Specialist

Equip the pilot with what he needs to protect our skies — from 20-mm guns to air-to-air missiles to 1,000 lb. bombs.

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Air Traffic Controller

US air superiority begins with the Air Traffic Controller, who ensures the safety of 50,000 square miles of sky.

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Gear Spotlight: F-22

Wingspan 44.6 FT
Length 62.1 FT
Height 16.8 FT
Weight 43,340 LBS
Speed 2,410 MPH
Ceiling 65,000 FT

It's rewarding knowing that
I'm serving in such an important
mission, protecting Americans.

–LtCol Ron Schreiber, 144th FW, California Air National Guard

An Airborne Hero

September 11, 2001 — a day you train for, but hope will never come. Lt. Col. Ron Schreiber, a fighter pilot in the Air National Guard, discusses his role in protecting our national airspace — and America as a whole.

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The Backbone of Our Air Defense Mission

From loading air-to-air missiles to refueling F-15s in-flight to tracking aircraft on radar screens, our Airmen do everything it takes to protect our homeland.

Meet the First Line of Defense

Whether they’re supporting or carrying out an airlift operation, refueling mission or an F-15 sortie, every Airman plays a crucial role. See some of the heroes of Operation Noble Eagle who help protect our homeland.

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We take it very seriously. We're on alert 24/7/365 and we're ready to go at a moment's notice.

–Colonel Robert T Brooks, Commander, 104th FW, Massachusetts Air National Guard

Take a Tour of the F-22

Unprecedented maneuverability. A state-of-the-art avionics system with a heads-up display. Air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles and a gatling gun. The F-22 cannot be matched by any known or projected fighter aircraft.

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An Impenetrable Shield

In the air and on the ground, committed Airmen protect US air sovereignty at all costs.

3,400 Air threats resolved since 2001
16 of 18 Air Sovereignty Alert
Sites are ANG-operated
30+ Operation Noble Eagle
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