Archive for May 4, 2011
NORAD Testing Air Defense Overnight
Fighter jets and helicopters are scheduled to fly over the Washington, D.C. area overnight as part of a North American Aerospace Command (NORAD) military exercise.
Barring adverse weather conditions, the exercise, called Falcon Virgo 11-08, was supposed to run from 11:30 p.m. Wednesday (May 4) to 5 a.m. Thursday (May 5), according to NORAD.
Air Force F-16 fighter jets and at least one Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopter will take part in the exercise to test the National Capital Region’s Visual Warning System and also hone NORAD’s intercept and identification capabilities.
The exercise comprises a series of training flights in coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Capital Region Coordination Center, the Joint Air Defense Operations Center, the Civil Air Patrol, Coast Guard and the Continental U.S. NORAD Region (CONR).