August 5, 2011 (by Lieven Dewitte) - Two F-16 fighter jets were scrambled to intercept a 75-year-old pilot today after she entered airspace restricted for President Barack Obama's fundraising trip to Chicago.
USAF F-16C block 42s #89-2106 & #89-2128 from the 112th FS fly over Southern Ohio on October 29th, 2009. [USAF photo by A1C Amber Williams]
The pilot, Myrtle Rose, flew her Kitfox Model 2 into the temporarily restricted airspace at 17.34h local time. When air traffic controllers couldn't contact the pilot on Wednesday afternoon.
The jets scrambled from Toledo, Ohio, intercepted the plane and forced it to return to its home airport of Mill Rose Farm in South Barrington, Illinois, located approximately 55km north-west of Chicago, NORAD
spokesman Lieutenant Michael Humphreys said.
Rose turned the kit airplane around and returned to Mill Rose Farm Airport, NORAD spokesman Lt. Michael Humphreys said.
"She was unaware that she had entered restricted air space," said South Barrington Deputy Police Chief Ray Cordell, who added the woman did not seem shaken. "Surprised was probably the right term".
The president was in Chicago for a fundraiser celebrating his 50th birthday.