Two F-16 fighter jets intercepted a plane flown by a 75-year-old woman.

(U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Nathan Gallahan) Two F-16 fighter…

(U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Nathan Gallahan)

Two F-16 fighter jets intercepted a plane flown by a 75-year-old woman after it entered restricted airspace during President Barack Obama’s recent visit to Chicago, federal officials said Thursday.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command told The Daily Herald (http://bit.ly/nlePww) that the jets were summoned when air traffic controllers couldn’t contact the pilot Wednesday afternoon. The president was in Chicago for a fundraiser celebrating his 50th birthday.

The jets intercepted the Kitfox Model 2, a kit airplane, piloted by Myrtle Rose of South Barrington, a Chicago suburb. Rose turned the plane around and returned to Mill Rose Farm Airport, NORAD spokesman Lt. Michael Humphreys said.

Rose’s plane didn’t have a radio, which forced NORAD to use the jets to identify and intercept the plane, Humphreys said.

Source: The Associated Press

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  • General Jim M

    Has anyone ever just said that it is ridiculous to spend all that money to restrict airspace over the president? Lets be serious here. this guy is so important that we have to restrict AMERICAN airspace to American aviation just because the president is visiting? He could balance the budget just by locking himself into the Whitehouse. Is airspace restricted for Michelle Obama too? Are these characters so worried about the American people that they have to travel with an army everywhere they go? It’s getting ridiculous. Too bad they didn’t restrict airspace and have tigher security where the helicopter with the SEALs in it was shot down.Send the F16s there and leave granny alone.