Tue, Jun 09, 2009
The Defense Department will conduct
two training exercises involving aircraft over Washington, DC, on
Tuesday. The first exercise by the North American Aerospace Defense
Command and its regional component will occur between midnight and
6 a.m. EDT, followed by another exercise between 11 a.m. and 2
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, Civil Air Patrol, U.S.
Coast Guard and CONR's Northeast Air Defense Sector.
Both the early morning exercise Falcon Virgo and the daytime
Amalgam Arrow are designed to hone NORAD's intercept and
identification operations, as well as procedural tests of the NCR
Visual Warning System, officials said.
Exercise Falcon Virgo will include two Civil Air Patrol Cessna
aircraft, two Air Force F-16s and a Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin
helicopter. Residents may see these aircraft approaching and flying
in the vicinity during the late-night and early morning hours.
Aircraft participating in Exercise Amalgam Arrow include a C-21
Lear 35, a C-172 Cessna and an Air Force F-16. Residents may also
see these aircraft approaching and flying in the vicinity of the
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