On Wednesday, May 6, the Minnesota National Guard will be conducting statewide flyovers in recognition of those on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic response.
As part of a nationwide Air Force initiative, the Minnesota Air National Guard will fly over communities throughout the state,” said Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen, the Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard. “These flyovers are our way of showing solidarity for those who have stepped forward to serve during this pandemic. This is a small way that we can salute those at the forefront of the COVID-19 response for their service and sacrifice.”
A post on the Guard’s Facebook page details maps and times of where and when the flyovers can be seen. There will be a Twin Cities circuit beginning at 11 a.m. that will flyover hospitals in Woodbury, St. Paul, Minneapolis, St. Louis Park, Robbinsdale, Maple Grove, Fridley, Maplewood and Stillwater.
The larger circuit will cover a route starting at approximately 10:55 a.m. from Duluth to Brainerd, Little Falls, St. Cloud, Monticello, the Twin Cities, Hastings and then down to Rochester over the Mayo Clinic.
The flights scheduled for Wednesday are part of a nationwide effort to recognize health care workers, emergency responders, food industry and other essential workers throughout the state that have done their part to keep the state functioning during the stay at home order. The aircraft flying these missions will be combinations of F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft from the 148th Fighter Wing out of Duluth, and C-130 Hercules aircraft from the 133rd Air Wing out of Fort Snelling in Saint Paul.
“Our crews must fly regularly to maintain their proficiency,” said Colonel James Cleet, 133rd Air Wing Commander, “This is an outstanding way to both train our aircrew and to recognize those in our community that are on the frontline working hard for the citizens of Minnesota.”
Other sites in the state will be flown over during future flyovers planned for later in the month.
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