NORAD and USNORTHCOM Public Affairs
North American Aerospace Defense Command will conduct air defense exercise Falcon Virgo Wednesday morning, Mar. 13, in the National Capitol Region with flights scheduled between midnight and 2:30 a.m. EDT.
A U.S. Coast Guard MH-65D Dolphin helicopter and two Civil Air Patrol Cessna 182T aircraft will participate in Falcon Virgo. Some portions of the exercise could involve flights at approximately 2,500 feet above ground level and may be visible from the ground. If weather prevents regularly scheduled flights, the exercise will commence the next day.
In order to test responses, systems and equipment, NORAD routinely conducts exercises using a variety of scenarios, including airspace restriction violations, hijackings and responding to unknown aircraft. All NORAD exercises are carefully planned and closely controlled.
The defense of North America is NORAD’s top priority. NORAD is on alert around the clock, every day. For 60 years, NORAD aircraft have identified and intercepted potential air threats to North America in the execution of its aerospace warning, aerospace control and maritime warning missions.