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Old 07 September 2009, 09:40 PM
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Canada 9/11 Canadian fighter pilots patrolling US skies

Comment: Here's one for your 9/11 category: I was watching a documentary,
I believe from CNN in 2003, on the 9/11 attacks. They were doing a
segment on the military response to the attacks, and were reporting on the
large number of taskings for fighter jets in the first few hours after the
attacks. Reportedly, the department of defence was trying to get fighters
up to patrol over every major city and every potential target as well as
track down 40+ aircraft that were not responding to air traffic control.
According to the documentary, Canada offered military assistance, the
United States invoked the mutual defence pact we have with Canada through
the Organization of American States, and some of the fighter jets
patrolling the skies over the midwest United States were, in fact,

The report went on to say that the Canadian fighters would only have been
called on to attack an airliner as a last ditch effort since it would have
technically been an act of war and could cause legal issues (surviving
family members filing suit against the Canadian government for killing
their loved one, against the US Air Force for not stopping it, etc.)
Also, reportedly Mexico offered assistance through the same treaty, but
only had a total of three fighters available, and these were not needed.

Can you verify this? If true, it would be quite interesting to know.
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Old 08 September 2009, 02:48 PM
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From the second link.
Canadians and Americans under NORAD command were the first military responders to the September 11th attacks.
It would be NORAD rather than OAS.

We often have American planes supporting the defence of North America when other nations have incursions of Canadian airspace. It would not surprise me at all if this was the case in the States. Now, did our aircraft work in US airspace? Perhaps not, but they were working nonetheless.
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Old 09 September 2009, 06:53 PM
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WASHINGTON, Oct. 10, 2001 NATO has sent five of its Airborne Warning and Control Systems aircraft from Germany to Oklahoma in a historic first.

I have been reading various articles about 9/11 to see if there were any Canadian combat aircraft flying patrols that day and did not see any listed. Most of the fighter aircraft seemed to have been Air National Guard. However, this article I found does make it clear that in the days afterwards, there were foreign aircraft flying over the US in a defensive role.
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