By Shereen Siewert
Flyovers are planned for Tuesday across Wisconsin to honor health care workers, first responders and essential employees working through the pandemic, the Wisconsin Air National Guard announced Friday.
Four F-16 Fighting Falcons, part of the 115th Fighter Wing, will be featured in the flyovers, with locations including Wausau, Marshfield, Waupaca and Appleton. Wisconsin Air National Guard pilots will perform the flyovers.
The event is part of Operation American Resolve, a nationwide campaign to show appreciation for the thousands of heroes working through the pandemic as well as the citizens and neighbors who have been battling and supporting the COVID-19 response, according to a news release.
Flyover schedule for Central Wisconsin
Waupaca, 6:23-6:33 p.m.
Wisconsin Veteran’s Home at King: Jets will come from the southeast
Wausau, 6:31-6:41 p.m.
Aspirus Wausau Hospital: Jets will come from the east
Marshfield, 6:35-6:45 p.m.
Marshfield Medical Center: Jets will come from the northeast
“The 115th Fighter Wing is proud to serve our state and nation, especially during times of emergency, and we are excited to be able to show our gratitude to our partners and heroes in our communities, said Col. Jon Kalberer, 115th Operations Group commander, in a statement Friday.
All flyover locations in Wisconsin are listed here.
The flyover is part of a regular training and proficiency mission, required for pilots to maintain currency and remain up to date on qualifications. The accomplishment of a flyover meets training requirements for the practice of arriving at a location at a precise time, officials said.
“Thank you to all of the medical personnel, truck drivers, grocery store workers, first responders and the countless citizens who have come together to support the COVID-19 response,” Col. Erik Peterson, 115th Fighter Wing commander, said. “We wish we could fly over every community impacted by this pandemic—but just know that the Wisconsin Air National Guard is proud to serve with all of you — our neighbors, friends and communities.”
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