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NORAD Daytime Air Defense Exercise Planned For National Capital Region

Release No: 20-023 Oct. 5, 2020
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PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. —

The North American Aerospace Defense Command will conduct air defense exercise Falcon Virgo Tuesday, Oct. 6, between 10 a.m. and noon (ET) in the Washington, D.C., area.

The exercise includes a U.S. Coast Guard MH-65D helicopter and Civil Air Patrol Cessna 182T general aviation aircraft. Some portions of the exercise may involve flights at approximately 2,500 feet and may be visible from the ground. If weather prevents regularly scheduled flights, the exercise will commence the next day.

NORAD routinely conducts exercises with a variety of scenarios, including airspace restriction violations, hijackings and responses to unknown aircraft. NORAD carefully plans and closely controls all exercises.

Falcon Virgo is a recurring exercise in support of Operation NOBLE EAGLE, which places emphasis on the surveillance and control of airspace over Canada and the United States. The defense of North America is NORAD's top priority and NORAD remains on alert and prepared to respond to security threats 24/7.

For more than 60 years, NORAD has identified and intercepted potential air threats to North America through the execution of the command’s aerospace warning and aerospace control missions. NORAD also keeps watch over Canadian and U.S. internal waterways and maritime approaches under its maritime warning mission

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