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Look up in the sky and see...F-16 Flyovers honoring COVID-19 essential workers on May 13
Flyover of Sanford Moorhead Clinic estimated between 11:40 - 11:55 am, flying west to east.
Moorhead is one of several communities across Minnesota that is getting a special recognition by the Minnesota National Guard along with the 934th Air Wing of the Air Force Reserve. Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen, the Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard expresses the desire to honor healthcare and other essential workers statewide. Moorhead's flyover will occur over Sanford Clinic Moorhead. Maj. Gen. Jensen also notes, "Whether you are a medical provider or a meat packing employee; a teacher or gas station attendant; an emergency responder or a garbage collector, your work and the care you provide have kept our state safe and functioning. Thank you for your service and your sacrifice."
“We are proud to extend our gratitude across Minnesota and honor those who have been working non-stop to keep our community safe by thanking them with this series of flyovers,” said Col. Chris Lay, 934th Airlift Wing commander. “Together with our Air National Guard partners, we want Minnesotans to know that this American Resolve is a tribute to the spirit instilled within our Nation and we will prevail beyond this difficult time.”
The aircraft flying these missions will be combinations of F-16 Fighting Falcon and C-130 Hercules aircraft from the Minnesota National Guard’s 148th Fighter Wing out of Duluth, and the 133rd Airlift Wing out of Fort Snelling in Saint Paul, as well as from the Air Force Reserve’s 934th Airlift Wing.
The flyovers have been scheduled as part of previously scheduled flights and have no added cost to taxpayers. The low-altitude flights are valuable experiences for the pilots. "Our crews must fly regularly to maintain their proficiency," said Col. James Cleet, 133rd Airlift 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."
All times are approximate. Weather and other factors can affect routes and schedules.
Watch for the flyover on Wednesday!