PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – North American Aerospace
Defense Command and its geographical component, the Continental United States
NORAD Region, will conduct military training flights in the National Capital
Region, Washington, D.C., Wednesday between 12:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. EST as
they practice intercept and identification procedures.
In the event of inclement weather, the training flights
could be delayed for 24 hours or cancelled due to weather concerns.
People in the Washington, D.C. area may hear or see
low-flying military aircraft in close proximity to another aircraft, which will
take on the role of an aircraft of interest.
These training flights, designed to hone NORAD’s
intercept and identification operations, are held in coordination with the
Federal Aviation Administration, the National Capital Region Coordination
Center, the Joint Air Defense Operations Center, Civil Air Patrol, U.S. Coast
Guard, U.S. Air Force and CONR’s Eastern and Western Air Defense Sectors.
Aircraft from the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Coast Guard
and the Civil Air Patrol will participate in these training flights.
NORAD has conducted training flights of this nature
throughout Canada and the U.S. since the start of Operation Noble Eagle, the
command’s response to the terrorist attacks that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001.
NORAD is the bi-national Canadian and American command
that provides maritime warning, aerospace warning and aerospace control for
Canada and the United States. The command has three subordinate regional
headquarters: the Alaskan NORAD Region at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson,
Alaska; the Canadian NORAD Region at Canadian Forces Base Winnipeg, Manitoba;
and the Continental NORAD Region at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida.
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