NORAD exercise planned for Washington, D.C.
Feb. 8, 2010
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla.Ė The North American Aerospace Defense Command and its geographical component, the Continental United States NORAD Region (CONR) have scheduled a one-day exercise, Falcon Virgo 10-05, in the National Capital Region to begin at midnight Tuesday, Feb. 9, which is scheduled to last several hours.
Falcon Virgo 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, Civil Air Patrol, U.S. Coast Guard and CONRís Eastern Air Defense Sector.
It is designed to hone NORADís intercept and identification operations, as well as procedural tests of the NCR Visual Warning System. Civil Air Patrol aircraft and Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopters will participate in this exercise. Residents in the area can expect flights to begin around midnight and continue through the scheduled exercise hours.
In the event of inclement weather, the exercise will take place the next day at approximately the same time.
These exercises are carefully planned and closely controlled to ensure NORADís 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 commandís response to the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
As the Continental United States geographical component of the bi-national command NORAD, CONR provides airspace surveillance and control, and directs air sovereignty activities for the CONUS region. CONR and its assigned Air Force and Army assets throughout the country ensure air safety and security against potential air threats.
Since Sept. 11, 2001, CONR fighters have responded to more than 2,300 possible air threats in the United States and have flown more than 55,000 sorties with the support of Airborne Warning and Control System and air-to-air-refueling aircraft.