The North American Aerospace Defense Command and its geographical component, the Continental U.S. NORAD Region, will conduct two training flight exercises on June 10 in the National Capital Region (NCR), Washington, D.C. Falcon Virgo 09-09 will occur between midnight and 6 a.m. EDT and Amalgam Arrow will take place between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
The exercises comprise a series of training flights held in coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Capital Region Command Center, the Joint Air Defense Operations Center, the Continental U.S. NORAD Region (CONR), Civil Air Patrol, U.S. Coast Guard and CONR's Northeast Air Defense Sector.
Both Exercise Falcon Virgo and Exercise Amalgam Arrow are designed to hone NORAD's intercept and identification operations, as well as procedural tests of the NCR Visual Warning System.
Exercise Falcon Virgo will include two Civil Air Patrol Cessna aircraft, two Air Force F-16s and one Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopter. Residents may see these aircraft approaching and flying in the vicinity of the Washington D.C. area as part of this exercise during the late night and early morning hours from midnight through 6 a.m. on June 10.
Aircraft participating in Exercise Amalgam Arrow include one C-21 Lear 35, one C-172 Cessna and one Air Force F-16. Residents may see these aircraft approaching and flying in the vicinity of the Washington D.C. area as part of this exercise from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 10.
For more information on the Falcon Virgo and Amalgam Arrow exercises, please contact CONR Public Affairs at (850) 283-8080, or the NORAD Public Affairs Office at (719) 554-6889.