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Release No: 087-09
September 30, 2009

NORAD Flight Exercise Planned For Washington, D.C.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command and its geographical component, the Continental U.S. NORAD Region, will conduct training flight exercises on Thursday, Oct. 1 in the National Capital Region (NCR), Washington, D.C.  Exercise Falcon Virgo 10-01will occur between midnight and 2 a.m. EDT.


The exercise comprises 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 Eastern Air Defense Sector.


Exercise Falcon Virgo is designed to hone NORAD's intercept and identification operations, as well as procedural tests of the NCR Visual Warning System.  Civil Air Patrol Cessna aircraft, Air Force F-16s, and Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopters will participate in the exercise.


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 and continuing through the scheduled exercise hours.


In the event of inclement weather, the exercise will push to the next day.


For more information on the Exercise Falcon Virgo, please contact CONR Public Affairs at (850) 283-8080, or the NORAD Public Affairs Office at (719) 554-6889.


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