Don’t be surprised if you see helicopters and some small planes flying around the D.C. area this morning — it’s all part of a military training exercise.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) says the air defense exercise will be conducted between 11 a.m. and noon. It will involve Coast Guard helicopters and general aviation aircraft — often smaller prop planes.
“Portions of the exercise may… be visible from the ground,” NORAD said in a social media post.
We will conduct an air defense exercise over the Washington DC area btw 11am to noon EDT.
US Coast Guard MH-65D helicopters and general aviation aircraft will be participating. Portions of the exercise may take place at approx. 2,500 ft and be visible from the ground. pic.twitter.com/TofXWHj4OF
— North American Aerospace Defense Command (@NORADCommand) April 20, 2021
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