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Press Release | Sept. 12, 2023

NORAD air defense exercise planned for National Capital Region

Continental U.S. NORAD Region Public Affairs

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) will conduct Exercise FALCON VIRGO, a live-fly air defense exercise, Sep. 13, 2023, between midnight and 2:30 a.m. EDT in the National Capital Region.

Under the direction of the Continental U.S. NORAD Region, NORAD aircraft participating in the exercise include NORAD F-16 fighter jets, a U.S. Coast Guard MH-65D Dolphin helicopter, and Civil Air Patrol C-182 aircraft.

Some portions of the exercise may involve flights at approximately 2,500 feet and may be visible from the ground. If weather prevents these regularly scheduled flights, the exercise is scheduled to commence the next day at the same time.

NORAD routinely conducts exercises with various scenarios, including airspace restriction violations, hijackings, and responses to unknown aircraft. All NORAD exercises are carefully planned and closely controlled.

Falcon Virgo is a routine exercise in support of Operation Noble Eagle (ONE). ONE is the name given to all air sovereignty and air defense missions in North America.

Since its inception, NORAD aircraft have identified and intercepted potential air threats to North America in the execution of its aerospace warning and aerospace control missions and maintain a watchful eye over Canadian and U.S. internal waterways and maritime approaches under its maritime warning mission.


NOTE TO EDITORS: For further information, please contact Continental U.S. NORAD Region Public Affairs at (850) 283-1333.

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