‘No speeding citations issued’: Air National Guard lands military jet on highway

ALPENA, Mich. — A highway detour is a normal occurrence, but the reason for a traffic reroute was anything but ordinary.

The Michigan Air National Guard used M-32 to land a jet on a highway and, by doing so, made history, WJBK reported.

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The 127th Wing shared a video of the plane making a smooth landing.

We did it! We made history! We successfully landed and generated an A-10 Thunderbolt II from a U.S. Highway today! Stay tuned for more coverage of this historic event! #NorthernStrike21 Michigan National Guard #ThunderlZ

Posted by 127th Wing on Thursday, August 5, 2021

They also performed a takeoff of the A-10 Thunderbolt II from the highway.

It was part of a training exercise called Northern Strike, Military Times reported and was the first time that a modern Air Force plane was landed on a U.S. road on purpose.

Michigan State Police warned drivers of the detour and the military exercise. Troopers also had a bit of fun once the plane landed, saying that “no speeding citations were issued.”

In all, four A-10s and two C-146A Wolfhouds used the highway as a runway Thursday, Military Times reported.