- The Washington Times - Monday, June 1, 2015

Expect to hear jets overhead in the D.C. area between 1 and 3 a.m. Wednesday morning as part of an exercise called Falcon Virgo 15-09 to hone intercept and identification operations, NORAD officials said Monday.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command and its geographical component, the Continental United States NORAD Region (CONR), said in a statement that Falcon Virgo will also test the NCR Visual Warning System and training personnel at the Joint Air Defense Operations Center (JADOC).

Falcon Virgo is part of the training flights held in coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Capital Region (NCR) Coordination Center, JADOC, Civil Air Patrol, U.S. Coast Guard and CONR’s Western Air Defense Sector, the CONR statement said.

If the weather is inclement, the exercise will be held the next day, postponed or cancelled.

These exercises and others like it are part of Operation Noble Eagle, which was created in response to the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

“Since Sept. 11, 2001, CONR fighters have responded to more than 5,000 possible air threats in the United States and have flown more than 62,500 sorties with the support of Airborne Warning and Control System and air-to-air-refueling aircraft,” CONR said.

• Maria Stainer can be reached at mstainer@washingtontimes.com.

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