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NORAD to fly calibration flights Nov. 5 over Washington DC area

Release No: UNRELEASED Nov. 3, 2014 PRINT | E-MAIL

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – The North American Aerospace Defense Command, in coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration and the Department of Homeland Security, will conduct calibration and training flights Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014 over the southeastern Washington D.C. area. 

The calibration flights, which will take place from approximately 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. EST, will be performed by a civilian Beechcraft King Air aircraft flying patterns at approximately 4,500 feet above ground level and two F-16 aircraft flying patterns at 5,500 feet.  Additionally, a ground based air defense system will deploy to the Washington D.C. area. 

If the Nov. 5 flights have to be cancelled for any reason, they will be attempted again on Nov. 6 at the same time.

These flights have been carefully planned and will be closely controlled.  The flights are intended to assist in calibration of systems and equipment, and training, and will serve to refine and improve our ability to respond to unknown and potentially threatening aircraft.  No ordnance of any kind will be employed during this exercise.

NORAD has conducted 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 Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska; the Canadian NORAD Region at Canadian Forces Base Winnipeg, Manitoba; and the Continental NORAD Region at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida.