Would a Fighter Pilot Shoot Down A Plane Violate Presidential Airspace? Here’s What Happens

Would a Fighter Pilot Shoot Down A Plane Violate Presidential Airspace? Here's What Happens

Each time President Trump spends a weekend away from the White House, there’s a massive military effort to protect him from threats… including from above.

TODAY national investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen was given rare access to present a dramatic demonstration of how the Air National Guard keeps presidential airspace safe.

Meet the Air National Guard F-16 fighter pilots who protect the Presidential Airspace and see them in action in the video below.

 “This is a United States Air Force armed F-16. You are in violation of restricted airspace. Do you require any assistance?”

No response from the Plane. A minute or two later, the fighter is back, aiming for a more dramatic impression. It executes the “head butt,” soaring up vertically within 500 feet of the intruder’s nose. The voice in the earphones sounds less helpful this time:

“This is a United States Air Force armed F-16. You have been intercepted. Please acknowledge or rock your wings.”

This particular interception in the above video turns out to be a dress rehearsal.

 

 

 

 

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