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U.S. Conducts Largest Air-Defense Maneuvers in History

Oct. 14, 1961 - The largest air-defense maneuvers ever held in the Western world were concluded early today. For 12 hours, from 1 p.m. until 1 a.m. EST, 1,800 fighter planes and the crews at 250 missile sites practiced mock interceptions of hundreds of “attacking” bombers. During the exercise, all non-military aircraft were grounded in the U.S. and Canada. Gen. Laurence S. Kuter (pictured) of the Air Force directed the operation from the Colorado Springs headquarters of the North American Air Defense Command.


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