Anti-Terror Exercises Planned for D.C. Skies NORAD announces exercises as a warning for public
BY: Bill Gertz
August 20, 2012 5:09 pm
Air Force and Coast Guard aircraft will fly “intercept and
identification” exercises over Washington tonight as part of efforts to
prevent suicide aircraft attacks or other threats to the capital, a
military spokesman said.
The latest exercise of what the North American Aerospace Defense
Command calls “Falcon Virgo” involves Civil Air Patrol Cessna-182 light
aircraft and a Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopter between 11:30 p.m.
Monday and 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, NORAD said in a statement.
“We want to make sure people seeing these planes aren’t concerned,” said NORAD spokesman John Cornelio.
“One of the reasons we put out notice of the exercise is so that
anyone seeing a military aircraft in close proximity to a civilian
aircraft will know that this is a controlled and carefully planned NORAD
live exercise,” he said.
No unmanned aerial vehicles will be used, said another spokeswoman.
Details of the scenario for the exercise could not be...REST OF IT
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