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Aug 9, 2010 5:30 PM by Greg Boyce

Peterson tests tracking capability with Russian help

(AP) - In a historic first for Cold War adversaries, U.S., Canadian and Russian military officers directed fighter jets and ground controllers to test how well they could
track an international terrorist hijacking over the Pacific Ocean. The exercise began Sunday over the Pacific Ocean and involved commanders at the North American Aerospace Defense Command at Peterson Air Force in Colorado.

A chartered American jet code-named Fencing 1220 sent a mock distress signal shortly after taking off from Anchorage, Alaska. That triggered a pursuit by at least seven fighters and a flurry of radio and telephone calls between military and civilian officials on both sides of the Pacific, including commanders at NORAD.

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