Brainerd Area News

Flyover To Honor Frontline Workers On Wednesday

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F-16 photo from Minnesota’s 148th Fighter Wing Facebook page

The Minnesota National Guard will be conducting statewide flyovers in recognition of those on the front lines 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.”

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.

C-130 photo from Minnesota’s 133rd Airlift Wing Facebook page

“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.”

The flyovers is set to fly near local medical facilities in select communities including St. Joseph’s Medical Center between 10:55 & 11:10 am before heading south toward Little Falls.  “This is a small way we can show that we support them too,” said Colonel Christopher Blomquist, 148th Fighter Wing Commander, “thank you for your service.” These flyovers are incorporated into previously scheduled training missions. There is potential for the times to flex based on the training missions, weather and airspace availability. A variance of a few minutes either side of the scheduled time may be unavoidable. If there is a weather delay or cancellation an update to the advisory will be provided.

The flyover will also be visible to areas surrounding the flight path, we recommend rooftops and open areas adjacent to buildings for best view.