NORAD: This is Only a Test

Training flights planned near D.C. Thursday

WASHINGTON -- If you see an unusual number of planes or helicopters over the District Thursday and Friday, don't be alarmed. It's probably just a NORAD traning exercise.

Officials said a training exercise with flights is planned Thursday and Friday in the Washington area for the North American Aerospace Defense Command.

Continental United States NORAD officials said the flights will improve NORAD's intercept and identification operations. The National Capital Region visual warning system will also be tested Thursday.

Civil Air Patrol aircraft and Coast Guard helicopters will fly during late night and early morning hours.

NORAD's exercises are designed to ensure NORAD can respond rapidly to air safety threats.

If inclement weather is expected Thursday night or Friday morning, officials say the exercise will be delayed 24 hours.

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