May 16th, 2010
03:21 PM ET

NORAD: U.S. jets intercept ultralight plane from Mexico

Two F-16 military fighter jets intercepted an ultralight aircraft that flew into Arizona from Mexico on Sunday and tracked it until the ultralight returned to Mexico, the North American Aerospace Defense Command said.

A statement by the NORAD command center in Colorado said the ultralight crossed into U.S. airspace just after 6 a.m. Arizona time (9 a.m. ET).

The F-16s were launched to intercept it, and they shadowed it for 30
minutes before the ultralight returned to Mexico, according to the NORAD
statement. No other details were immediately available.

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  1. Jack Taylor

    For all those of you saying "go back to Mexico", Mexicans consider the Southwest OCCUPIED MEXICO, so they in fact ARE in Mexico when they are in the Southwest. The fact that there are MILLIONS of Mexicans already living in the Southwest is evidence of the fact that not only was it once Mexico, it will become Mexico in another 40 years.
    Posted by: WE ARE STILL HERE

    This posting represents the opinion of many of the advocates of illegal immigration. Remember that American citizen when you vote. Don’t fool yourselves they want to take over America by sheer numbers. Hey illegal immigrant! Why don’t you improve Mexico before you decide to come to America to live? One of the reasons America was great was because of hard working AMERICAN CITIZENS!!! Who formed a government that for the most part was not thoroughly corrupt like MEXICO. American citizen do you really believe the horsesh..t about illegals making this a better country? Is Mexico a better country than the U.S.? How would they make the U.S. a better country when they made Mexico the f..’d up country it is today.

    May 16, 2010 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joe

    good, that is one less tax evading illegal we have to pay welfare for, use up our emergency rooms, and overcrowd our public schools and prisons. Our military should have just shot down the ultralight.

    May 16, 2010 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |

    Hey Chinanos, quit fighting over this land, who cares if they took it over......"white racist" tend to forget that their Melting Pot of America will turn brown as well.....south america, central america, mexico and now the great United give it some time

    This is whole situation is not about race.....South America, Central America, Mexico and now the great melting pot (The United States of America) is turning brown .... its inevitable and its noT my agenda or anyone. LA RAZA, just wants hispanics to know their true history, but fail to realize that America will have its own history, It will be full of Mestizos.....not just native and spanish, but of asian and white, white and black...........America belongs to the colored!

    It is inevitable America will turn brown.

    South America

    Central America



    May 16, 2010 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Carl, Secaucus, NJ

    I am aware that the U.S. took most of what is now our southwest from Mexico through military force. Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses Grant were both against this seizure; Grant called it "one of the most unjust ever waged by a stronger against a weaker nation. It was an instance of a republic following the bad example of European monarchies, in not considering justice in their desire to acquire additional territory."

    Having said that, it seems that the United States has done a more favorable job of developing the economic potential of this territory; compare the economy of the U.S. border states with the Mexican border states, which have similar climates, natural resources, coastlines, etc. I don't credit this to "white people," since Mexico has white elites, too. Simply put, the U.S. has better rules and systems that provide more opportunity for more people than Mexico. '

    It is precisely because the United States seized this formerly Mexican territory that, 162 years later, a Mexican is able to find much higher-paying jobs in the U.S. than in his or her own country. The Mexican individual has more opportunity under the United States system than they do in Mexico. The land on one side of the Rio Grande doesn't look much different from the land on the other side of it; it's not "the land" that creates prosperity or opportunity, it's the system.

    May 16, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Californian

    Sending fighter jets to intercept the ultralight is not a stupid thing. May be it was near a nuclear power plant.

    May 16, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. machina70

    Keep in mind the Roman Empire's lessons learned. Race means nothing, culture means everything. The similarity of thought throughout europe is due the basis in Roman culture.

    The US will be a nation primarily of hispanics. But I hope they use the example of the Governments in central and south america as a BAD example that pushes them to embrace the culture of America.

    May 16, 2010 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Thurston Binkley

    Anyone know what started the mexican midget epidemic? Can't find it on wikipedia.

    Dang near thought I saw a pinto bean raking lawn.

    May 16, 2010 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. gary k

    kill em all let god sort htem out

    May 16, 2010 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Grace

    WOW JeFFB! You win the moron of the day award. As a white, caucasian American woman, I am disgusted by your comments. Not only are you a racist but a dumb one too. I suggest you turn off Fox News, clean out your trailer (and I live in one too, but in a 5 star exclusive park), and stop drinking that cheap beer. 71% support AZ's immigration law? Bull crap. 71% of the people that were called on the phone, and I bet you dollars to doughnuts that not one latino was called, or anybody with an IQ over 65. And also Californian, I used to live in CA, and guess what? Illegals can't get welfare. I'd like you to go to the welfare department and speak with a spanish accent and say hi I don't have a Social Security Number or Driver's License or birth certificate but I want to go to college here and I want welfare. See how quick they will show you to the door. The reason why California is in the state it's in is thanks to Arnie and the Republicans. The Republicans screwed up the entire country, CA included. And I'd like you to show me some stats or some proof about the illegal Mexicans getting into college with 1.5 GPAs. Eventhough you have a college GPA of 3.7 you were rejected from SDSU? Hmmm you just said you had a COLLEGE GPA! So the only thin insane about your posting is that you aren't consistent and you are so full of it that even I, an old grandma can see through you. Quit blaming the mexicans for the problems caused by others.

    May 16, 2010 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. indigenous

    Carl, actually, I'm thinking of going to Oaxaca to get a job, all of the White illegals from Europe have taken all the good jobs and I can get a better job down there.
    Iceman, kiss my brown chocolate...I speak English because the Anglos are currently occuypying us. Who said I have spanish blood? 90% of Mexicans are purely indigenous and they are related to the Paiute of Oregon, the Shoshone of Wyoming, the Hopi of Arizona, the Comanche of Texas, the Ute of Utah...WE ARE INDIGENOUS. If you want to deport the immigrant, deport your mother back to Poland

    May 16, 2010 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Californian

    Hope2012, I'm not talking about

    May 16, 2010 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Thurston Binkley

    Grace dear, put your Mexicant away. It's time for dinner.

    May 16, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. hope2012

    You think Mexicans are the only people who faced this, what part about you lost a war do you not understand you lost means failed means you have no bragging rights. Getting sick of your rhetoric about you being here good for you and if you were here when the war happened you would be 6 feet under with the rest of your indigenous people. Ever hear dont show up to a gun fight with a knife?

    Sit here with all this nonsense about indigenous people have a right to be here. Sorry you feel this way but no you dont have a right to be here illegally and nothing you can say change that you either follow the rules like the rest of us or face this kind of backlash. you can call me an a**hole I do not care but your part of the problem either grow up and take responsibility for your self and do the right thing Blacks and whites you can sit there until your blue in the face and say we are the invaders all you like, the means of how we did it is in the past this is the here and now not 1841 anymore time to realize that.

    May 16, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bob


    You guys got conquered, it's our land now. Feel free to try and win it back, but don't cry when we shut down your pathetic excuse of a conquest aka sneaking on over and washing down our toilets. We;re going to boot you guys out, sorry your little scheme to take back over didn't work out as you thought it would. I'll miss the cheap labor though... I mean really...

    May 16, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
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