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Hearing a Late Night Helicopter Overhead in Alexandria? Blame Falcon Virgo

A U.S. Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter assigned to Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron (HITRON) sits on the flight line at Wilmington National Airport in Wilmington, N.C., Aug 110827-G-OD102-138
The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) is conducting training of a ‘simulated threat’ in an exercise dubbed ‘Falcon Virgo‘ over the skies of the Washington D.C. area through Wednesday morning (TOMORROW).

Exercise Falcon Virgo runs from 12:00 midnight until 5:30 AM and 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.

The training flights will involve Civil Air Patrol aircraft, Air Force F-16s, and a U.S. Coast Guard Dolphin helicopter.

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