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Press Release | Feb. 10, 2016

NORAD exercise planned for Washington, D.C.

Feb. 9, 2016  –  

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – North American Aerospace Defense Command and its geographical component, the Continental United States NORAD Region, will conduct military training flights in the National Capital Region, Washington, D.C., Wednesday between 12:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. EST as they practice intercept and identification procedures.

In the event of inclement weather, the training flights could be delayed for 24 hours or cancelled due to weather concerns.

People in the Washington, D.C. area may hear or see low-flying military aircraft in close proximity to another aircraft, which will take on the role of an aircraft of interest.

These training flights, designed to hone NORAD’s intercept and identification operations, are held in coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Capital Region Coordination Center, the Joint Air Defense Operations Center, Civil Air Patrol, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Air Force and CONR’s Eastern and Western Air Defense Sectors.

Aircraft from the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Coast Guard and the Civil Air Patrol will participate in these training flights.

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


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