- The Washington Times - Monday, April 6, 2015

If you wake up in the middle of the night and hear military jets overhead, you aren’t dreaming.

NORAD will be flying jets between midnight and 2 a.m. Wednesday morning over Washington, D.C., as part of its exercise Falcon Virgo 15-07 to test intercept operations and train personnel.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command and the Continental United States NORAD Region (CONR) will conduct these flights as part of Operation Noble Eagle, which was created after the terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

“The exercise is comprised of a series of training flights held in coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Capital Region (NCR) Coordination Center, the Joint Air Defense Operations Center (JADOC), Civil Air Patrol, U.S. Coast Guard and CONR’s Eastern Air Defense Sector,” CONR said in a statement Monday.

“Exercise Falcon Virgo is designed to hone NORAD’s intercept and identification operations as well as operationally test the NCR Visual Warning System and training personnel at the JADOC. Civil Air Patrol aircraft, Air Force F-16s, an Air Force C-38, and a U.S. Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter will participate in the exercise. “

If the weather is bad, the flights will be conducted the next day.

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