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The Many Flights of Noble Eagle

October 5, 2007— The latest data for Operation Noble Eagle shows the Air Force, Air National Guard, and Air Force Reserve Command have flown a total of 46,780 sorties, amassing more than 206,000 flying hours since the operation began after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The Air Reserve Components have flown the majority of sorties, about 70 percent of fighter sorties and almost 80 percent of tanker sorties.