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Posted at 8:38 PM ET, 08/25/2010

Norad training exercise might be noisy

By Erica Johnston

People in the Washington region may be jarred from their sleep by planes buzzing overhead and rattling walls overnight because of a military training exercise.

The North American Aerospace Defense Comend, or NORAD, will be conducting a training mission over Washington, with exercises involving multiple training flights between 11:30 p.m. Wednesday and 5:30 a.m. Thursday.

If bad weather enters the region, the defense command said that it would postpone the training until Thursday night. But the weather is expected to clear and rain-free.

The exercise, called Falcon Virgo, is intended to hone NORAD's intercept and identification operations. The tests will involve Civil Air Patrol aircraft and Coast Guard helicopters.

-- Rick Rojas

By Erica Johnston  | August 25, 2010; 8:38 PM ET
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