An Operation Noble Eagle intercept mission in late December 2009 over Florida marked the operation's 55,000th sortie since it began on Sept. 11, 2001, according to a Jan. 14, 2010, release from Continental US NORAD Region (CONR). Two F-15 pilots from the Florida Air National Guard's 125th Fighter Wing flew the historic sortie from the wing's Det. 1 at Homestead ARB, Fla. Here, a 125th FW F-15 flies over Jacksonville, Fla., Aug. 8, 2009. The 125th FW is based in Jacksonville.
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