“The opportunity to ensure safe skies around Levi’s Stadium is a mission CAP takes very seriously,” Civil Air Patrol National Commander Maj. Gen. Joe Vazquez said in a statement. “Our aircrews are trained to simulate either threat or duress flights that inadvertently or purposely enter into restricted airspace. The Air Force depends on CAP to ensure its readiness in guarding America’s airspace.”
The exercises are not new. The Civil Air Patrol has been helping the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) in Super Bowl protection practice for 15 years, the Air Force says.
The Civil Air Patrol is the civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force with about 56,000 volunteer members across the country. It operates a fleet of 5,500 single-engine piston aircraft.