Thursday, April 15, 2010

Norad Flight Exercise Planned for Washington, D.C.

Norad Flight Exercise Planned for Washington, D.C.
April 15, 2010

North American Aerospace Defense Command will conduct a one-day exercise, Falcon Virgo 10-07, early Friday morning, Apr. 16, in the skies over the Washington, D.C. area. There will be two flights, with the first flight scheduled to take place between midnight until 2 a.m. EDT and the second between 4-6 a.m.

In the event of inclement weather, the exercise will take place on Apr. 20. People can expect to hear and see NORAD fighter aircraft, Civil Air Patrol aircraft, and Coast Guard helicopters as they participate in these exercises.

The exercise has been carefully planned and will be closely controlled to ensure NORAD's rapid response capability. NORAD has conducted exercise flights of this nature throughout the U.S. and Canada since the start of Operation Noble Eagle, the command's response to the terrorist attacks that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001.

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