ROME, N.Y. - The Eastern Air Defense Sector and the Continental North American Aerospace Defense Command Region will conduct an air defense exercise over Central New York on Wednesday, Feb. 27, from 9 a.m. to noon.<br /> <br /> Carefully planned and closely controlled, the exercise has been coordinated with the Federal Aviation Administration and will take place over a large area east of Rochester, north of Binghamton and south of Burlington, Vt.<br /> <br /> The exercise will evaluate the Massachusetts Air National Guard's 104th Fighter Wing, stationed at Barnes Air National Guard Base. It is a "no-notice" exercise and tests the fighter wing's ability respond rapidly and appropriately to airborne threats. Aircraft involved in the exercise include two F-15 fighter jets, an Air Force C-21 passenger jet and a Cessna 182 aircraft flown by the Civil Air Patrol. No aircraft will be visible from the ground during the exercise.<br /> <br /> If weather forces cancellation on Wednesday, the exercise will take place in the same area, Feb. 28, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.<br /> <br /> CONR and its two sectors, EADS and the Western Air Defense Sector at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state, are responsible for the air defense of the continental United States. CONR and the sectors conduct these types of exercises on a routine basis as part of North American Aerospace Defense Command's Operation Noble Eagle, which was initiated after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.